Garage Conversion and Building Permits Problems – Remodeling Tips

If you’re planning on remodeling your garage or converting it into living area, you should watch this video to get some ideas on how to deal with the building department and building permits. Some building and safety departments require a minimum space, to park a car. Usually this space is 11 feet wide by 18 feet deep, but like I said earlier, you need to check with your local building department, because some building codes are different in different areas and cities. Garage conversions can be tricky and even if you don’t plan on pulling any building permits, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to build everything to code, just in case something ever happened.

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  1. gregvancom
    April 15, 2011

    @seejanerun7smith You Are Welcome

  2. yes4me
    October 2, 2011

    cost of conversion??

  3. Michshnly
    April 26, 2012

    I did a conversion..2 car garage now bedroom. Awsome with Ac unit

  4. gregvancom
    May 1, 2012

    You are not the first and you're not going to be the last. However, you should avoid advertising your accomplishment, just in case the brothers watching.

  5. Michshnly
    May 6, 2012


  6. residentzombie
    December 5, 2012

    The government has no moral right to tell people what to do with their property. I realize that authoritarians do this currently, but Hitler also killed Jewish people. Just because the government does something, doesn't make the actions they take moral or justified. Live free or die.

  7. gregvancom
    December 6, 2012

    Come on… You're going to need to breathe for a moment. I'm not the biggest fan of the building department or their representatives, because I've been at the other end for years and feel your pain, but could you imagine what kind of buildings we would have today, without building codes.

  8. Brandon Mcreary
    December 8, 2012

    Yeah but Hitler killing some one is completely off of what this is about. Plus with out codes lots of houses would be dangerous, double if not triple fire hazardous, and people would just go off doing crazy unsafe things.

  9. John Smith
    February 9, 2013

    My problem GENERALLY is not codes. It is being treated like crap, like a number (even if we are). Government personel are SUPPOSED to be public servants. One should NEVER have to feel that you are just an imposition to a dumbass with an ego who treats you badly just because he CAN. My MAJOR complaint is extreme inspection charges. We are contractors and the inspector (actually) is too. Paying a thousand dollars for a two hour (or less) inspection is a CRIME.$70.00/ hour? Fine. $500.? Bullshit.

  10. gregvancom
    February 12, 2013

    Occcchhhh!!!! I couldn't agree with you more and if you think it's bad today, 10 years ago, 20 years ago and even 30 years ago it was worse, plus we had to deal with payoffs or kickbacks and I always dreaded dealing with the building department at all costs. I could write a book about all the problems I had with the building department and it's sad to say, few of them were positive. Remember, the man with the gold makes the rules and right now they're making the rules.

  11. BIG JOE 245
    July 16, 2013

    I live in a historical district. The district has several rules regarding building out buildings that I won't go into because to lengthly. I want to build a barn where it won't be seen from the right of way. What can the codes dept. actually do if you don't get permits?

  12. gregvancom
    July 18, 2013

    This is a difficult question to answer, because there are a variety of different building codes that will allow you to build a shed or small barn, as long as it can be taken apart and reassembled, but this is a tricky area and it really would depend on your local building department and building codes. The bad news is that they can make you tear it down. You might think about contacting the building department for more information or even a local contractor in your area.

  13. adelynn berry
    March 8, 2014

    so I have a one car garage and my dad and mom wants to make it into a room for me would they be able to do it with out a permit when they buy this house that we live in?

  14. Sonja Helstad
    March 26, 2014

    my roommate didnt "convert" the garage into her room she just put her bed in there and clothes and stuff.. we live in a rental property. is she living there illegally?

  15. Michshnly
    July 31, 2014

    just convert it.  Screw persmits keep hush hush who cares.

  16. Arturo Suarez
    June 25, 2015

    I bought a home 3 years ago that had a garage converted into a room with a carport. I was just informed that someone reported me, another neighbor, and a local church for violation. The inspector came and notified me that I have 30 days to tear it down, fix it up by getting a permit, or convert it back to a garage. When I asked him if he would be back for inspection the inspector told me they only come once but not twice. I then asked him how do you know if I tear it down, fix it up with a permit or turn it into a garage then. He couldn't answer my question.

  17. Mula Mercy
    July 18, 2015

    If someone needed to live in a garage (just a bed and dresser type thing) is there anything they would need to put inside the garage to keep it normal body fahrenheit ? Is there any padding that needs to be installed to the roofing, flooring & walls? And how about to keep rodents out?

  18. Cleo Ashbee
    June 10, 2016

    Thanks for these videos. If you get the proper permits and create a room, will that add sq ft on your home for resale value? We have a long single car garage so, we're only converting the back half into laundry/office area with direct access into interior hallway. Doing it for the function, but it will add $20k going by current pp sq ft in our area if we do it legally.

  19. M.D. W. GAMING
    August 18, 2016

    hey greg.
    I recently purchased a house in Martinez Ca. The building dept. found out that my garage was converted into a bedroom. is it true that since I'm the new owner I'm responsible for making sure that the room is up to code, even though this was done prior to my purchase.

  20. Jake Guerra
    October 19, 2017

    What I don't understand is why they force you to do something to your own house that you own especially if it's an attached garage that's on your property they have no business telling you what you can and cannot do to it.

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