In most cases, you can convert your garage into an accessory dwelling unit, which is also known as an ADU. However, it’s important to check the ADU regulations in your area before you begin the conversion process.
In some areas, there are restrictions on the types of garages that can be converted into an ADU and/or restrictions on the conversion process itself. This is especially likely if you have a standalone garage. If you have one, you may have to file an application in order to convert it into a dwelling unit.
What types of restrictions do you need to look for?
If you fail to follow the regulations in your area, you could be forced to revert your new ADU back to a garage at your own expense! There are several places that you need to look for restrictions, ADU plans and permits which are your municipal regulations and the regulations of your subdivision or deed.
What types of limitations are there?
One situation where it’s very likely that there are restrictions is if you’re leasing the land that your house is built on. However, if there are restrictions in your lease, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot convert your garage into an ADU. In many cases, you’ll be able to get around this restriction by paying a fee.
If you are changing the size of your garage, it’s more likely that there will be restrictions to deal with. In fact, you may have to file an application with your municipality if you want to change the size of your garage. In addition, it’s important to note that it’s common for there to be building restrictions if you plan to add insulation to your garage. It’s also important for both regulatory and practical reasons that you ensure that drainage is not blocked.
Are there situations where you will not be able to convert your garage?
Unfortunately, there are situations where regulations may not allow you to convert your garage. In some regions, there are parking restrictions that may prevent you from converting your garage. Also, you may not be able to convert your garage if you have a listed property.
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