However, if the conversion was done by a previous owner AND there are no other violations (such as renting it out or putting a kitchen in it, for example) the city will usually allow the converted room to stay and be used by the new and subsequent owners.
You can also check this with the city.
As you can see, this can be a little complicated so the facts on the individual house are very important. Talk to your Realtor &/or contractor &/or architect. Be sure they are familiar with Glendale regulations and practices.
So, is that space with just a cement floor or has other flooring been put in over the cement? For living space, lots of codes besides flooring must be met or else your insurance policy may not cover damage relating to construction that MIGHT not be up to code (not properly permitted). If you "eliminated" a garage, then you may need to have a new one built. The same thing would apply if your garage was damaged by a tree or something. You MUST have one or else that would technically be a code violation.
Obviously, it is legal to not own a car, so again you do not have to actually use the garage as a garage. Even if you have a car, you can park it outside of the garage or carport. You just have to have one... even if it is totally filled with boxes or furniture or anything that CAN be removed to make space for parking a vehicle.
As for the bathroom plumbing, that is an entirely distinct permit issue than the requirement to have a covered parking area off the street. I am sure that by now you have contacted your local city government to get this clarified. I live just south of Glendale Arizona in greater Phoenix.
For anyone who happens to be looking for a link to the "building" department of the city of Glendale, AZ, I have a link to them on this page: http://azproplus.com/az/services/codes-for-conversions.php
For more info on renovations, more info is here: http://www.azproplus.com/az/Glendale/Carport-Conversion.php We can help with anything from building a carport or garage from ground up to converting a parking area in to interior living space (like a bathroom, extra bedroom, etc...).
Again, how you actually use the space is not really the big issue to the city government. A toilet that you never use still has to be properly permitted or else you can encounter complications.
In the Glendale city, if it is not grandfathered in or permitted already, they will not allow you to get a permit, but instead issue an order to convert it back to a garage.
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Due to the strict restrictions and standards of the Glendale city, if it is not grandfathered in or permitted already, they will most likely not allow you to get a permit, but instead issue a citation or order to convert it back to a garage.
If you just remove the bathroom and the garage door is still there, you may be able to use it as a recreation room, bonus room, or family room, but the bathroom is the issue since it creates extra plumbing and sewer access than the property is not allotted for.
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A good appraiser might be able to look at it and tell you if it is easier to remove the plumbing to finish the permits, tare it out, or if it can be ignored if installed in a "workmanlike manner"
Hope that helps. Let me know if I can help with anything :-)
I can't imagine what was going thru the architect's and builder's minds.....
it was designed into the house, with a door.
As far as your's is concerned, I'd have to see it, but the conversion probably wasn't permitted.
If you want to know, you could go down to the County Planning and ask them.
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