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Yurts in Utah: Bill would change how the state regulates yurts

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Yurts in Utah: Bill would change how the state regulates yurts. (Photo: Yang Shuo, Unsplash, KUTV)

A proposed bill at Utah's Capitol would change how the state regulates remote yurts -- portable round tents that can be used for a variety of purposes.

House Bill 297 describes yurts as "membrane-covered frame structures" no larger than 710 square feet, not used as a permanent residence, and is located in an area not zoned for primarily residential use.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brady Brammer (R - District 27), would exempt remote yurts in Utah from needing a permit under the State Construction Code unless certain conditions are met.

The bill also exempts remote yurts from the state fire code as well as water quality provisions.

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The bill would also allow food preparation inside of remote yurts.

2News reached out to Rep. Brammer and the bill's floor sponsor Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R - District 14) for comment but did not immediately hear back.