Hello all. The internet is a wonderful thing isn't it?
I need as much information as anyone can give. Here's the long story shortened as best I can:
My girlfriend owns a 2-family house that she bought from her late father. He was a Do-It-Yourself-er and didn't like the interference of others(especially towns, bldg inspectors, etc). He almost finished the 3rd floor, but the house is still considered a "2-family." As far as laws and safety regarding CONSTRUCTION are concerned, everything is kosher.
Can we finish the 3rd floor, get a tenant, and make it a 3-family on our own, or do we HAVE to get zoning approval from our town? Can it be as simple as finding out what type of zone our house is in (probably "residential" but could also be "commercial," due to nearby businesses) and then finding out what types of buildings are allowed there?
Thanks to anyone who can help!