The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting public comments about whether to lift some of its manufactured housing regulations in an effort to help alleviate housing shortages. Comments can be submitted through Feb. 26 at

Learn how factory-built homes have changed in recent years, and understand the difference between panelized, modular, and manufactured houses.

Manufactured homes are constructed according to code administered by HUD, as opposed to the state, local, or regional regulations that govern stick-built housing. HUD estimates that more than 22 million American households occupy manufactured housing.

HUD’s review is part of a “broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.”

“Manufactured housing plays a vital role in meeting the nation’s affordable housing needs, providing nearly 10 percent of the total single-family housing stock,” according to HUD’s announcement. The agency will be accepting public comments over the next few weeks to help identify the regulations that may be “outmoded, ineffective, or excessively burdensome.” The action comes as part of the Trump administration’s overall move to curtail governmental regulations.

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Source: “Regulatory Review of Manufactured Housing Rules,” Federal Register (Jan. 26, 2018) and

HUD to Consider Eliminating Manufactured Housing Regulations,” HousingWire (Jan. 25, 2018)