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City putting me out of business! Seriously!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by lawnlandscape, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Well there goes your over head You need a place in the right zone to run your business
    I Think its funny sorry
    Around here someone pops up running a business from there house and having there mowers and other stuff at there home
    I turn them in
    I had to be in the right Zone with my business I think everybody should be
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    Question to the OP:

    What happened during the permitting process when you constructed your $80K storage building? To get a building permit, you needed to provide drawings, plot plan, and a statement of intended use. Also, for a building this size, an inspector would have made at least one visit to the property.

    Why wasn't this issue caught at the time of getting your building permit? Why didn't the permitting agency in the municipality flag this as a violation at that time? Putting up an $80K building on a lot that small (from your pics) would have been unique. This isn't your typical garden shed to put a lawn tractor and some hand tools away. It should have been obvious to those responsible for issuing the permit, and doing the inspection, that the building had intentions other than a typical homeowner.
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    What permit? Around here you need to be at least 5 ft of the property line for a structure.
  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Cadzilla,It is debatable about running it out of your home. Mostly it is based on town code. But there has been IRS cases against doctors who try and use home office deductions and are not allowed because they say they don't work at home but in a hospital , so you could use that argument that your don't work at home but somewhere else.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    You can not do what I saw in the picture in most cities. I have one truck in my drive way. Nothing has been said but I know some HOA's will not allow PU trucks of any type to be parked anywhere but inside the garage.

    Get a shop.
  6. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,994

    Bingo. None of my trucks are lettered and I get long well with my neighbors (probably because I kiss their butts to avoid this) and fortunately I don't have any trailers. My kid comes to visit I make him park around the corner so it isn't so cluttered around my house. Any day now the home owners association is going to run me off and I am not looking forward to it. but when it happens, it happens. I know it is coming and while I won't like it, it is my own fault.

    I am just happy to have the problem of where do I put all my stuff instead of the problem of no work.
  7. PNW Landscaper

    PNW Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Lawyer up... money well spent for this situation, you could be halted until you find new land. That can't happen.
  8. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,647

    Since I don't know the city you live, I can't check the code of ordinance. Many places have no restrictions against parking lettered/business vehicles unless they are a certain length. Allowing me to park a personal vehicle but stopping you from parking a similar business vehicle is unequal treatment under the law. Nevertheless, if you're violating zoning laws by operating your business there and your F'd.
    What really surprises me however is that you have a business licenses, apparently at your address, with no certificate of occupancy that confirms the zoning for business property. It appears a worse case is that you will have to rent space that is properly zoned. You know your explaining accounting for rent as basically taking money out of one pocket and putting in the other. You are not both losing rental revenue and having to pay rent.
  9. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    I think what he is saying is that his business is paying him personally rent to occupy the building. If he has to move, then his business pays someone else rent and he loses out on that income.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    lawnlandscape, ... still waiting for an answer to the building permit question. This should be a very simple answer.

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