Can a residential garage be used for commercial purposes?

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Can a residential garage be used for commercial purposes?

I have a neighbor that is using his own garage for commercial purposes. There is lots of clanking, hammering, sanding, electric saws, loading and unloading of heavy fixtures. All this is very disruptive and I think illegal. Can a residential garage be used for commercial purposes?

Asked on December 11, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not a residential garage can be used for a commercial purpose as opposed to general hobby craft depends upon what the zoning requirements there are for the location of the garage that you are writing about.

I suggest that you go to your local zoning department to ascertain what zoning is in place concerning the garage and to discuss purposes commercially the garage can be used for. Another thing that needs to be ascertained is what use the garage is actually being used for to determine if there is an actual zoning violation with respect to it.


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