Well I'm in the process of building a garage......
Unfortunately I do NOT have a lot of space or a huge $$$ budget. So I'm doing a a lot by myself and expanding my "two car garage" ( that is how it was listed in the house, it's really a 3/4 car garage).
I want a car lift... so I go to the Los angeles dept of building services to get a building permit.
Surprise #1: It seems that one can NOT have a car lift in a residential area. And if it's commercial it needs to be 300' from the next neighbour. ( the most I can get away from one is 30'.....)
Oh and they told me that it is against city code to fix your own car in your own garage - you can ONLY do basic maintenance
Surprise #2: in order to get the plans approved for a tall ( >8' garage, I have to have them drawn up by a structural engineer!! (Hey it's just $2k+)
Well - the upper back yard is already dug up and filled with sand, rebar etc...
I hope at least somebody can laugh at this post.... and feel better about their garage!