Do Sacramento Zoning Codes Prohibit Most Home Vehicle Repairs?

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Did you know Sacramento zoning codes can prevent you from performing repairs on your vehicle at home? At the beginning of the month, users on the Grassroots Motorsports Forum discussed how Sacramento County zoning codes may lead to expensive fines if you perform home vehicle repairs. One user even reported receiving a fine of over $400, which would cost $700 to contest. 

What Does Sacramento County Say About Performing Home Vehicle Repairs?

Unfortunately, the zoning rules are not clear and are left open to interpretation. Here are a few snippets of what Sacramento County zoning codes say about home vehicle repairs.

  1. You can perform “minor” vehicle repairs at your residence. Examples of minor vehicle repairs include oil changes, minor tune-ups, brake part replacement, repairing flat tires and lubrication.
  2. Although you can perform minor repairs, there are circumstances where it is not permitted. For instance, you cannot perform minor repairs if you are using tools not normally found at a residence or repairing a vehicle registered to a person who does not occupy the residence. You also cannot leave vehicles under repair outside of a fully enclosed garage for more than 24 hours. 

As you can see, some parts of the zoning code are intentionally vague. What qualifies as a “tool not normally found at a residence”? Unfortunately, we have no answers to this question. 

What does matter is that you may be fined for violating Sacramento County’s code on home vehicle repairs. While you can fight the code enforcement, it could cost you more than the fine itself. 

Call Us for German Car Repair in Sacramento

If you have a BMW or Mercedes-Benz that needs minor or major repairs, then our Sacramento car repair shop can help. Our team of professional mechanics at Silver Star Motors can help with oil changes, brake repair, clutch repair, electrical diagnostics and repair, computer replacement (including the latest models), air conditioning services, engine overhauls, radiators, inspections, fluid changes, brake flushes, fuel injection cleaning, tune-ups, power steering flush, heater maintenance, high-performance work, scheduled maintenance and collision repair. 

Want to schedule repair services with us? You can call us at (916) 318-9445 or bring your vehicle in for an evaluation. 

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