"Site-Built" homes refer to homes fabricated primarily on the job site, and may include wall panels, logs and other components fabricated elsewhere. The design and construction of these homes must meet local building codes.
"Modular" homes refer to homes built in a factory in sections. These homes are built using the same materials as site-built homes, and are constructed on a permanent foundation. At the job site, the builder generally installs the foundation, and connect the utilities to the house. The design and construction of modular homes must meet local building codes. These homes are generally indistinguishable from site-built homes.
"Manufactured" homes refer to a house built off-site in a factory or construction yard on a permanent chassis to standards established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which are less restrictive than the Uniform Building Code. People often refer to them as "mobile homes" or "trailers". They can be installed on permanent foundations. Building Inspectors check the work done locally (electric hook up, etc.) but are not required to approve the structure.
"Mobilehomes" are defined by California to be "single-family dwellings" transportable in one or more sections constructed to a federally preemptive standard. They are equated to manufactured homes. Health & Safety Code §18007.
Civil Code §714.5 prohibits the recordation of any covenants, conditions and restrictions after January 1, 1988, that act to exclude the use of manufactured homes.
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