What are the zoning rules as far as having a guest apt/ mother in law suite ?

Asked by Johanna Schneider, Asheville, NC Mon Feb 18, 2013

I am looking into buying a single family but would like to build an efficency apt in garage or add on , is this allowed?

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Bob Brubaker, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Mon Feb 18, 2013
Johanna- The Answer to your question is :" Possibly ". The
Zoning for particular property and the " Scope " of
your "project" wil determine. Generally renovations
to existing structuresmay be easier to have considered
than " ad-ons ".
That said,you should consult building officials
BEFORE looking for your house and again once
you have a particular property in mind!
You will find the links below helpful.

for the City of West Palm Beach

for unincorporated Palm Beach County

Contact me directly for your property Search and financing
plans. Glad to help!

Bob Brubaker Highlight Realty Palm Beach County Fl. 561-876-6649
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marc jablon, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon Feb 18, 2013
The fastest way to find out whether you can do this is to call the local zoning board. They will tell you what is allowed in any particular neighborhood.

As for building an efficiency in a garage, we often see these in existing homes, and they are in many communities..

You may want to ask your West Palm Beach real estate agent to search for homes that have this particular feature built in.

There are several homes in Lake Worth that have a second, smaller house or cottage on the property and these are all legal. You may want to contact a Lake Worth realtor to check on these.

Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions

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Tolliver Pri…, Agent, Palm Beach, FL
Mon Feb 18, 2013
This depends on where you are interested in purchasing. Generally speaking, this is not an issue in Palm Beach County, but once again, it depends on where you are looking. We would love the opportunity to work with you and even show you some properties that already have the mother in law suite. If we can be of assistance to you, please give us a call. Thank you and have a great day.

John Tolliver
561-306-4303 direct
800-596-1035 fax
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Rosalie, Agent, Delray Beach, FL
Mon Feb 18, 2013
What area are you interested in? Please provide more information.
Rosalie Klein
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