i am a private owner seeking zoning advice. if i'm not supposed to post here, please let me know.
i live in los angeles, in a 1921 4 unit building r2-1xl zone. it is a non conforming lot on a small residential one way street with a prevailing front yard setback 5 feet. my front yard is 13 feet deep, width 50 feet. 5 feet side yard setback. tiny lot, urban neighborhood, street parking is fierce. this is for not required parking.
two years ago, i got a class"a" permit for a curb cut 18 feet wide with side aprons with a note, "per B&S ok to park behind front yard setback, no more than 50% of required front yard is allowed to be paved"
parking area is 8 feet deep from the building and 50 feet wide, curb cut at the center of lot width, basically looks like i'm parallel parking. grasscrete in 50% of the front yard to maneuver. steps to building entrance 4 feet deep.
after two years of having this, there has been some question whether this parking is legal. each time i've gone to the zoning dept, its been a different answer. i've read the zoning codes on-line but do not understand it well.
i've been to zoning twice this week, one said b/c its on a non conforming lot and not required parking, i did not need a permit to create the parking and if i did get a permit, it would then become required parking and would have to meet the currrent building codes ( which it does not meet). i believe this was how i was able to get the curb cut in the first place and create a compact parking space.
the second person said once the parking is created, regardless if it is not required parking, it becomes required parking and i would need to get a parking permit but that it wouldn't be granted b/c my lot is non conforming and doesn't meet code, especially regarding the turning radius.
my car is compact (not micro) and i have no trouble maneuvering safely to park behind the front yard setback and able to fit two compact cars.
can i get some advice? comments?