If you’re a shadetree mechanic, there are places where you have no access to the tree:
We’ve seen strict vehicle regulations set forth by Homeowners Associations fairly regularly, but a discussion currently taking place at Grassroots Motorsports has brought to light a block of anti-vehicle-repair code from the County of Sacramento, California. In a nutshell, the ordinance prohibits car and homeowners from performing complex repairs on their vehicles, in your own garages.
An excerpt from the zoning code reveals that residents of the county are permitted to perform “minor automotive repair” at their respective domiciles, so as long as they are working on a car which is registered to someone who lives there. However, the code also states that the repair must be minor (which is defined as “brake part replacement, minor tune-up, change of oil and filter, repair of flat tire, lubrication and other similar operations”) and cannot be performed outdoors if the repair would leave the vehicle inoperable for more than 24 hours.
This is not, apparently, an HOA-styled neighborhood-aesthetics issue:
The code enforcement website, however, explains that the law is in place for environmental and financial reasons:
“The chemicals involved in major automobile repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health and wellbeing of our residents,” reads the explanation. “Furthermore, this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic and the visual impact can negatively impact property values.”
For a minute there, I was half-expecting a Prop 65 invocation, because DOT 4 brake fluid causes cancer or something.