Description of Program
Manufactured Housing Program is a consumer protection program that
regulates the construction of certain factory built housing units,
called manufactured homes, formerly known as mobile homes. The HUD
program also oversees the enforcement of the construction standards
through third party inspection agencies and State governments.
HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards
homes are homes built as dwelling units of at least 320 square feet
in size with a permanent chassis to assure the initial and continued
transportability of the home. All transportable sections of manufactured
homes built in the U.S. after June 15, 1976 must contain a red label
on the home; the label is the manufacturer's certification that
the home section is built in accordance with the HUD construction
and safety standards.
HUD manufactured housing standards are preemptive over any State
or local standard for home construction provided that the HUD standards
cover that aspect of performance of the home. The HUD standards
cover Body and Frame Requirements, Thermal Protection, Plumbing,
Electrical, HVAC, Fire Safety and other aspects of the home. The
standards are published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 24
Enforcement of the HUD Standards
HUD approved States and private third party agencies inspect the
homes at one stage of production and approve the manufacturers designs
as consistent with the HUD standards. Manufacturers contract directly
with the State or local third party and pay for the design review
and home inspection services. A list of the State governments and
HUD-approved third party inspection agencies is attached to this
Fact Sheet. Manufactured home retailers also have certain responsibilities
to assure that only homes meeting the standards are sold to the
has entered into cooperative agreements with 38 State governments
to conduct periodic checks of plant records and to respond to consumer
complaints. These State governments each designate a State
Administrative Agency (SAA). Manufactured
Housing staff provide these functions in the other 12 States
manages the program from its' Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The
program's office telephone number is (202) 708-6409; Fax number
The mailing address is:
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Regulatory Affairs and Manufactured Housing
Office of Manufactured Housing Programs
Room 9164, HUD Building,
451 Seventh St., SW
also uses a monitoring contractor, to conduct monitoring reviews
of third parties, issue certification labels to manufacturers, and
perform record reviews in non-SAA states.
Other Related HUD Fact Sheets and Publications
Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR 3280. Available in
print free of charge from the HUD Customer Service Center at (800)
767-7468 or fax (202) 708-2313.
Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations, 24 CFR
3282. Available in print free of charge from the HUD Customer Service
Center at (800) 767-7468 or fax (202) 708-2313.
Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing, issued September 1996.
Available as software or in print from HUDuser at (800) 245-2691.
Report to Congress on the Manufactured Housing Program, issued October
1996. Available in print from HUDuser at (800) 245-2691.
Points of Contact for Questions and Additional Information
standards, technical inspection or design issues, contact Rick
Mendlen, (202) 708-6409.
complaints or State Administrative Agencies, contact
A. McDuffie, Lane
Pethel, or Angelo
Wallace by email or at (202)