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Sil, Home Buyer in Glendale, CA

A home has a converted garage with bathroom in glendale ca, can it be permitted

Asked by Sil, Glendale, CA Sun Aug 28, 2011

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Glendale is pretty restrictive about that sort of thing. It is possible. In the past garages were sometimes converted and a carport built. It is possible that your property was such a case. You can check with the city for a fee of about $19 to verify permits. If the conversion was not permitted it is unlikely that the city will issue a permit. If they do issue a permit they will probably require that a new garage be built.

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.

Good Luck
John Hickey
Dilbeck Realtors
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
I figured that the original issue is resolved by now. For others with a similar issue, you might be required to either build a new enclosed parking area or convert some of the living space back to a usable garage. In many cities including Glendale there must be "off-street covered parking." You must be ABLE to use the garage for parking, like still with a garage door at the driveway.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 18, 2016
Talk to your contractor or architect. Make sure they are familiar with Glendale regulations and practices.
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.

Aram Arakelyan
Your LA Broker For Life!
Realty Needs Network
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 3, 2011
More likely than not, it can't be permitted if there is not a car port or separate parking place on the property.

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.

Best of luck with the purchase or home if it has already been purchased.

Tom Barseghian
Exclusive Buyer Broker Associate
DRE License #01503467
300 W. Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 106
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 244-2939 x.106 Office
(818) 804-1800 Cell
(818) 446-4750 Fax
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
I suggest to contact the building department in the City of Glendale and ask them for the permits regarding this property. The building department normally will email you or your realtor all the permits regarding this particular property, and by checking that you will know if there was a pernit for this conversion.
I wish you good luck with your purchase.

Vic Babaian
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
You would have to check with the building department in the City of Glendale. Some conversions are allowed if there is an approved carport. The sellers must obtain the proper permits.

Laura Breslow
1030 Foothill blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, Ca. 91011
(818)949-7627 direct line
Lic. #00592375
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
The answer is NO! I am a Glendale resident and local REALTOR, several of my clients and neighbors have converted their garages without permits. This is always a bad idea! In Glendale there must be off street covered parking. Click on the link below and read more about the pitfalls of remodeling without a permit. Don't assume it is something that can be grandfathered in or permitted later or that you will be able to keep it a secret. You never know when a neighbor is going to call the city.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
Depends on the city and/or county zoning regs. You could always request an "As Built" permit if it was built to code. If not to code pay for an inspector to come out and give you a list of corrections for what it would take to make it code compliant. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
The plumbing is the part that makes it difficult. In most cases if the construction is done correctly you can just open up a section of the wall to make sure it is installed correctly and have permits done easily. If it is done well and you don't want to permit, it may be able to be over looked but you won't have the value of the extra room added by the appraiser.

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 :-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 28, 2011
I have seen some houses, built in the early 70's that has a 1/2 bath off the garage.
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.

good luck and may God bless
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