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Frequently Asked Questions

Yurts are most popular as an affordable home that is fairly easy and quick to set up. Even a large Fortress Yurt with real windows can be set up with a few friends in just a few days. Zoning varies for yurts in different areas. We have an engineer’s stamp on the Fortress Yurt design in case you need this. With the round shape and high ceilings in yurts, it is very comfortable and the space feels very nice.

Yes. Water, electric, sewer, and gas will come up through the platform of the yurt. Combustion air and flue gas enter and exit through the wall. The optional stove kit is necessary.

We provide the yurt – you provide the platform. Yurts of America does have site plans available for building your platform and installing your yurt.

None of our yurts use canvas as their covers. Untreated canvas will simply not stand up to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. Even treated canvas must be retreated with fire retardants and UV Inhibitors to have a chance of long-term survival outside. Our vinyl sides have a ten-year warranty and Duro-last tops have a fifteen-year warranty.

Depending on options, smaller yurts can be set up in a day. Larger yurts should have a day budgeted for the frame, and a day budgeted for the cover. A 30’ foot yurt with all of the options will take three days.

Smaller yurts require a minimum of two people, and the 24’ and 30’ require three people for safety. More are definitely helpful particularly on the larger yurts, but more than five and everyone gets in each other’s way.

No special tools are typically needed to setup a yurt. In the case of a 20’ or larger yurt, a drywall lift is necessary to get the center ring high enough (and safely) into the air. Tools needed: battery-operated drills with extra batteries, tape measure, at least two ladders, utility knife (with sharp blade), and a staple gun. Some options require more tools. The setup manual details everything needed.

The answer of course is ‘it depends’. Typically, the more organized your local government, the more likely it is that you are going to need a permit. Often (but not always) the platform underneath the yurt will require a permit, but the yurt itself won’t. In some cases, you won’t need a permit until you want to run plumbing into and sewage out of your yurt. Every local government entity is different and you may need to check.

A yurt (or ger) is a portable living structure originally developed by the nomadic groups of the Central Asian steppes. Original yurts were fashioned from local wood, felt, and braided horse hair. They were designed to be portable for moving as the horse and goat herds were driven across the plains. Strong and light, they could be set up in a day or so and properly equipped to withstand wind and snow that would crush many other dwellings.