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      California is a lost cause. Whomever thought this was a good idea needs to be removed immediately from government work. Part of the appeal of a car for many is doing your own work (whatever that may entail) in the comfort of your own garage.


      Well, in Sacramento county you may not do that. You may not work on a friend's car. You may not use tools that are not 'normally' in your garage.

      You may only do what they define as 'minor' automotive repair. Violate any of the following and you will be fined:

      1. Using tools not normally found in a residence;
      2. 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.

      They even provide a time limit for how long the work can take! Working on your motor and downtime might be longer than 24 hours while you wait for a part? Sorry, that's a violation and a fine.

      What is the reasoning for this? Sacramento argues certain auto chemicals might harm the environment. See what all that environmental gibberish government officials push really comes down to? Control.

      You can read all about this overreaching government garbage here: http://www.code-enforcement.saccount...utoRepair.aspx

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Sacramento County will fine you for working on your own car in your own garage started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 17 Comments
      1. crapinternet's Avatar
        crapinternet -
        Yeah I don't agree with this at all. I've got a mk3 supra in my garage for the last 3 years waiting for me to put a 2jz into it, and I'd be so $#@!ed by this law.

        The 24 hour downtime rule is really too much. What if you are putting a blower on your mustang, or have to do an engine swap. I don't care how much beer and friends you have, that's not happening inside of 24 hours.

        This law forced on people really wasn't well thought out. I hope it gets repealed.

        Next thing they'll do is ban hoists/scissor lifts in home garages
      1. 3DMetal's Avatar
        3DMetal -
        This is just waiting to be challenged in court.
        Wow.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by crapinternet Click here to enlarge
        Next thing they'll do is ban hoists/scissor lifts in home garages
        You sure the next thing isn't just putting us in a cell and just letting us out to go to and from work that they deem acceptable?
      1. 3DMetal's Avatar
        3DMetal -
        That's already banned: "Using tools not normally found in a residence..", unless you typically have a hoist in the bedroom .
      1. F16HTON's Avatar
        F16HTON -
        Looks like law has been in effect for quite some time...

        5.2.0.B. Minor and Major Repair and Maintenance of Personal Vehicles: [AMENDED 04-07-2016]

        Minor vehicle repair shall include brake part replacement, minor tune-up, change of oil and filter, repair of flat tire, lubrication and other similar operations.

        Major automobile repair or maintenance shall include any vehicle repair and maintenance other than the listed operations, including body or painting work of vehicle or vehicle parts.

        It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in or permit others to engage in minor vehicle repair or maintenance in any agricultural, agricultural-residential, residential, interim estate, and interim residential zoning district under any of the circumstances described in Section 5.2.0.B.1 through 3.

        1. Using tools not normally found in a residence;

        2. Conducted on vehicles registered to persons not currently residing on the lot or parcel; and

        3. Conducted outside a fully enclosed garage and resulting in any vehicle being inoperable for a period in excess of 24 hours.

        It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, or permit others to engage in, major repair or maintenance of vehicles in any agricultural, agricultural-residential, residential, interim agricultural holding, interim estate or interim residential zone.
      1. F16HTON's Avatar
        F16HTON -
        If you read the code, as long as it is conducted INSIDE a fully enclosed garage you should be good-to-go.
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
        If you read the code, as long as it is conducted INSIDE a fully enclosed garage you should be good-to-go.
        Only for what they call minor repairs.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Damn, only 24 hours??? I guess if you have to, you can overnight parts from Japan.
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        But if you have closed your garage door, how would they know normal tools or not? LoL
      1. Blown6's Avatar
        Blown6 -
        Sir, it is not permitted to work on her in the driveway ....

      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blown6 Click here to enlarge
        Sir, it is not permitted to work on her in the driveway ....

        You know youíre gangsta when you donít even look both ways before crossing the street.
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        the "AND" parts are encouraging and could be up for interpretation. To me, it says you can't work on a car outside and results in a car that is inoperable for more than 24 hours. In other words, you can still work on your own car inside or outside, just don't let it sit outside overnight.

        I can somewhat agree with that, but only if its within city limits because it can be unsightly in neighborhoods. But to enforce it county wide? Even if you live outside of city limits out in the boonies? I find offense to that piece.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by spool twice Click here to enlarge
        I can somewhat agree with that, but only if its within city limits because it can be unsightly in neighborhoods.
        The fat 70 year old cat lady who has a problem with everything is unsightly too, can we enforce some kind of ordinance on those people?
      1. F16HTON's Avatar
        F16HTON -
        Key word...enforce.

        Just because a law is on books, does not necessarily mean it gets enforced.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
        Key word...enforce.

        Just because a law is on books, does not necessarily mean it gets enforced.
        True but this whole thing is absurd.

        My dream is a garage with lifts in it and a dyno. I can't have that in Sacramento.
      1. F16HTON's Avatar
        F16HTON -
        That’s a bit extreme, more than likely OC cities have the same or similar laws on books. End goal to to reduce/remove those who rebuild salvage cars and/or do non-BAR approved repair work out of their home.

        This is a big problem in Sacramento and many other counties across this nation. Rich folk like you in OC and me in my luxury condo in HI are sheltered from these types of problems.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
        That’s a bit extreme, more than likely OC cities have the same or similar laws on books. End goal to to reduce/remove those who rebuild salvage cars and/or do non-BAR approved repair work out of their home.
        I understand but the interpretation is a bit extreme too. Some guys on forums are already stating they were fined for doing routine stuff.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
        Rich folk like you in OC
        Oh let's not exaggerate! My HOA though would probably fine the crap out of me anyway if I was working on my car in the street.