Tiny homes tend to be smaller than 500 square feet and can be built on the ground or on wheels. They often consist of a loft bedroom, small bathroom, small kitchen and a common area. They can be customized, moved, and used for a variety of circumstances, including being powered using only solar power. There is just one minor problem: most local governments do not allow them. Tiny homes offer yet another example of how Utahns **don’t truly own their property, but instead can only do what the government gives them permission for. Zoning, city ordinances, building permits and other restrictive regulations provide cities with plenty of tools to block this innovative and affordable housing alternative** — and you can be sure that most city officials will be slow to update their local laws and processes to match new trends.
from this article in the Desert news, emphasis added.