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Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage

Many will just write this off as just another California issue.

Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage

Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage

by Shari Dovale

Save us from the Commie/Liberal Zoning Rules!

Yes, the Marxists in Sacramento, California have said that you cannot work on your own vehicle in your own garage, and they are gonna charge you $430.00 if they catch you.

The discussion over at Grassroots Motorsports talks about the enforcement of outrageous zoning rules designed to keep you from Do-It-Yourself vehicle repairs.

The zoning website for the county explains that it is unlawful to engage in even minor repair under the following circumstances:

  1. If using tools not normally found in a residence;
  2. When conducted on vehicles registered to persons not currently residing on the lot or parcel;
  3. Conducted outside a fully enclosed garage and resulting in any vehicle being inoperable for a period in excess of twenty-four hours.

TheDrive explains:

For example, someone could be performing a minor repair by replacing the brake shoe on their classic Chevy Camaro, a part which is classified as a “minor automotive repair” as it involves a “brake part replacement.” But because the Camaro uses brake drums, an older technology not typically seen in modern cars (given the popularity of disc brakes), it can be argued that a brake drum spring tool isn’t a tool “normally found in a residence.” This means that specific repair may fall under a prohibited action in 5.2.0.B.1 depending on the person interpreting the code.

The folks at describe the restriction on tools:

The new law also limits the use of many specialized tools for some reason too. The thing is many of these “specialized” tools are in fact common sights in garages. Restricted tools include air compressors, impact wrenches, and even tools as simple as torque wrenches. The law further defines these items as “tools not normally found in a residence.”

Why is Code Enforcement Concerned About Residential Automotive Repair?

The chemicals involved in major automobile repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health and well being of our residents. Furthermore, this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic and the visual impact can negatively impact property values.​ weighs in for us here:

It seems like codes governing the safe handling of chemicals and materials can be enforced without making all auto repair illegal, and it’s hardly like every repair involves harmful chemicals. In fact, the most common harmful chemical is likely used motor oil, and that’s one of the permitted residential repairs.

Besides, lawn and garden care have plenty of very harmful chemicals associated with them—weed killers, pesticides, poisons for all manner of animals and insects—and nobody’s trying to outlaw home gardening.

I’m not even sure it’s fair to say home repair increases vehicle traffic any more than, say, a neighborhood barbecue would.

We encourage everyone to pay attention. Many will just write this off as just another California issue, and yes I hope that it stays there. However, the Marxists watch everything closely. Any rights taken away in one neighborhood can potentially gain traction in your neighborhood, as well.

Zoning rules are not laws, yet they can be enforced just like laws. It will cost you more than just money in the long run. Pay attention to your county commissioner meetings. Watch what they are trying to accomplish at your state capital. What is coming next in Washington DC?

You get the government you voted for.


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