Can I convert my garage into a living area?

In most cases a garage cannot be converted into a living area.  According to the city's zoning ordinance, a home must provide at least two 9' X 18' covered parking spaces behind the front building line.  As such, this requirement cannot be met when the garage is converted into a living space.  

Occasionally, a property has enough room to build a replacement garage or a new carport behind the front building line without encroaching on other required side and rear building setbacks.  In these scenarios, it may be possible to convert an existing attached garage with the proper construction permits.  Please contact the Planning and Inspection Departments at 817-427-6300 for all of the requirements if you're thinking about converting a garage.

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1. What building codes has the city adopted?
2. Where can I find a copy of the building codes adopted by the city?
3. Do contractors have to register with the City?
4. What type of work requires a building permit?
5. How much does a building permit cost?
6. What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
7. When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?
8. Must I obtain a Fire Inspection prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy?
9. How long does it take to get a building permit?
10. What items or documents must be submitted for permitting a new home?
11. How do I schedule an inspection?
12. Do I need a permit to re-roof a home or commercial building?
13. What do I do if I have 3/8 inch thick roof decking while replacing my shingles?
14. Can I convert my garage into a living area?
15. Can I build a carport in front of my house?
16. Who can I use to provide a roll-off dumpster?
17. Can I use a shipping/cargo container as a home or storage building?