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Manufactured, Mobile and Modular Home Standards and Guidelines

There are various agencies that can answer your questions:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) www.hud.gov regulates the nationally recognized standards for the home design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, and energy efficiency of Manufactured Homes. HUD also establishes the standards for the heating, air conditioning, plumbing, thermal and electrical systems of these homes.

If you are planning on purchasing a new or previously owned manufactured home, your State Manufactured Housing Association can answer many of your questions:
  • Where can I find a New or Used Manufactured Home Dealer in my area?
  • What are the factors in transporting the Manufactured Home?
  • What is the process of setting up my home? (i.e. Permits, Zoning Laws, Restrictive Convenants, Utility Connections, etc.)

Contact your State HUD Code Agency if you are currently living in a manufactured home and you have questions regarding construction and add-on improvements, room additions, or the permits needed for such endeavors.

Another variation to a factory-built home you may run into is a Modular Coded home. A modular coded home is generally coded and labeled for the state it is currently sited or being sold in. In some cases, the home may be "dual coded" with both the state and the HUD codes. If you are looking for information on Modular Coded homes, your State Modular Code Agency will be able to answer your questions.

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