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Christee, Home Buyer in Simi Valley, CA

Does anyone know the laws in Simi Valley in regards to adding a small living area to a homes backyard or converted a garage into a living space?

Asked by Christee, Simi Valley, CA Wed Apr 18, 2012

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The main issue you wil face are the minimum "setback" requirements for your property. You can go to the Simi Valley building and safety department and ask right over the counter and they will tell you what the requirements are.

The problem with most garage conversions is that the front of the garage is already using up the minimum setback from the street so you can't put covered parking in front of it. Covered parking is required; so if you convert the garage you will need replacement covered parking.

The side yard set backs vary for single vs two story homes and the minimum distance for the rear property line will determine how much structure you can add on to the back.

If you live in a development with an HOA, then check with the HOA first as their rules may be more restrictive than building and safety.

The big unknown is if you live in a development not controlled by an HOA, but has CC&Rs or deed restrictions that were put in place to preserve the look and uniformity of the neighborhood. City Building and Safety dept may not know about any of those restrictions so even if they issued a permit, you would still be in violation of those restrictions/rules.
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There are many factors for converting a garage, but the most common is the fact that you must have in most cases, covered two car parking, i.e. garage or carport. If there are utilities in the garage such as laundry, water heater or furnace it may be an issue for safe conversion due to venting combustion air etc. As far as adding an exterior addition, the most common restriction is the setbacks from the side and rear property lines. It is absolutely essential that you involve the building department, not only because it is the law, but also for you own safety and the fact that if you ever sell the home you want to be in compliance.
Rory Hernandez, owner
InspectPros, Inc.
ASHI Certified Inspector #244418
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
Go to the building and safety there. They will be able to tell you all the laws, codes, and requirements.
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come and see this nicely done home with a studio and carport. This may give you some ideas
we are having an open house today @ 2511 PARKDALE AVE. SIMI VALLEY 93063
from 11 am to 3 pm. or call 818-425-4254 cindie
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 30, 2013
In Simi, if you convert a garage, you are supposed to build a new one for the cars..
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