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Posted by: from Edmonton
2/17/2008 at 7:28:40 PM

Have a falling down garage. Cement floor is cracked and cavernous and invites flooding in the spring. I want to have the old garage,which is a bit bigger than a single, pulled down and replaced with a double garage. Do I need a permit ? How much does a project like this cost?

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Near North Construction in New Lowell
Date/Time2/18/2008 at 10:27:20 AM

Hi Ann,

Yes you will need permits, one for demolition and one for new construction. As for the cost, you will need to have a contractor come out and give you a proper estimate, this cannot be done over the phone or the net.

dave

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Renpro General Contracting in Oshawa
Date/Time2/18/2008 at 9:29:07 PM

Hi Ann,

David is 100% bang on with his reply. Another thing to take into consideration is if you are making your garage bigger you have to keep property lines in mind. Some municipalities allow a building 2' from property line as long as there is no windows or doors, 4' if you want an opening And there is even some that will not allow any opening even at 4'. You may have to apply for a variance and go to committee of adjustments, depending on where you live. You also have to keep in mind that you are only allowed so many square feet of building(s) on your property based on the size of the property. It is a % and it varies based on zoning and regions. Hope this helps a bit.

Shawn

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Date/Time2/28/2008 at 5:03:21 PM

HI Ann, Yes, David and Shawn are correct regarding the permit approvals required. Without getting very technical about your project, the best and most cost effective investment would be to make a trip down to your local building department. The city workers are there to help you with any questions you may have. Good luck Joe

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Arv in Mississauga
Date/Time3/2/2008 at 7:39:18 PM

Hi Ann

Everyone is correct and you may need a variance but let's not down that road yet. Let me know if you need to find out zoning information for your property and I will be able to assist. Please include your contact info.

Arvin

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