Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations are relevant to to tiny houses on wheels and when moving a tiny house on foundation from one site to another. The below provides a summary of the over-arching terms and regulations. Please follow the links to access the up to date information or articles with guidance on topics of interest.

Vehicle Regulation

The Australian Government maintains jurisdiction over road vehicles up to the point of first supply to the Australian market (i.e. manufacture or importation). Once a vehicle has been supplied to the market, it is “in-service”. State and Territory Governments are responsible for continued regulation after this point (e.g. vehicle registration, roadworthiness and the approval of modifications to vehicles in-service).

Each State has it's own agency for the registration of trailers. Please see the link below for a list of all the states and territories and their agencies.

Australian Design Rules (ADR)

The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.

These rules define the maximum width, height and length of a tiny house on wheels before a permit it required to tow it.

Australian Design Rules Downloadable Resource


ARTICLE: Tow Vehicle and Caravan Weight

Click here to see an article on vehicles and towing. Although written with caravans in mind it is very relevant for Tiny Houses on Wheels and also covers Australian vehicles with high towing capacities. We would advise you consider the following when deciding how to tow a THOW:

  1. How often do you tow it - is the investment in a professional towing company with a vehicle and driver a more economical solution than buying a large vehicle?

  2. Do you have the experience as a driver to tow something this large and heavy even if you have the vehicle?

  3. How far are you towing and what is the road like?

  4. Do you have a lot of things you will need to take with your tiny house. A tow truck has a flat bed that can accommodate outdoor furniture, appliances (if you need to remove from the tiny house due to weight), other belongings. This may make a difference if you would need to hire a vehicle of ship belongings as well.

  5. A tow truck will not only meet but far exceed the weight towing requirements of a normal road vehicle.

  6. Have you weighed your Tiny House since you added your belongings or any new appliances?