'In the land of the free, every day, local governments and municipalities trample the rights of citizens to do with their own property what they wish. Over the years we’ve seen people face jail time for the length of their grass, arrested for windmills, and even ticketed for growing food. Now, we’ve discovered a law in Sacramento, California that makes it illegal to repair a vehicle in your own garage.
According to the Sacramento’s Zoning Code, it is illegal for residents of the city to conduct almost any repair to their cars while it is parked in their driveway.
According to the authoritarian words scribbled onto paper by the city’s bureaucrats, “minor vehicle repair” is legal and is defined as follows:
Brake part replacement
Change of oil and filter
Repair of flat tires
Other similar operations
(See section 5.2.0.B of the Zoning Code)
While this may seem reasonable to some, when you read the next section, you are quick to learn that the restrictions make it all but impossible to meet the requirements to carry out any of the aforementioned repairs without breaking the “law.”
2. Is Minor Vehicle Repair Permitted at Residences?Yes. However, it is 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 zones under any of the following circumstances:
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.
As Jason Torchinsky asks in an oped for MSN, “How exactly do you define “tools not normally found in a residence?” A socket set? A torque wrench? A brake drum puller? This feels like a rule that’s dangerously open to interpretation with pretty minimal supporting evidence.”'
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