Garage Storage

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Posted by: from St. Catharines
1/6/2023 at 5:16:02 AM

I wish to add storage capacity in the loft area of my garage. I'd like to add a simple set of stairs for easy access rather than using a ladder. To walk and store safely I want to secure some plywood sheets on top of the rafters. I don't intend on removing any trusses. Is a permit required?

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Date/Time1/6/2023 at 8:59:29 PM

No permit is required

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Richard in Edmonton
Date/Time1/7/2023 at 8:33:38 PM

If you were to apply for a permit there would be a long list of requirements to satisfy development and Code regulations (stair width, tread width, handrails, guards, ability of roof system to carry loads, etc. There is a provision for minor projects without permits however that doesn't mean you don't have to conform to Code. Most people wouldn't bother with a permit for something like this however when it comes time to sell it could be an issue, also if it is unsafe and an injury or fire were to occur.

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Date/Time1/10/2023 at 1:26:27 PM

Not necessarily for a garage, if it was your home yes! It is recommended to hire a licensed and reputable Contractor however. I have installed pull down attic ladders as well which can be a good option in garages to save space.

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Weile from Lin's Renovation in Hamilton
Date/Time1/11/2023 at 12:42:39 PM

Hi Wendy

The garage ceiling usually use 2x4 stub and 24 inch on center. Cannot be carry heavy stuff. No permit need only store some light stuff.

Good luck


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