Adding a detached garage to your property is beneficial in many ways. First, it can actually add value to your home. Second, it can be used in many different ways depending on your needs. Some homeowners use it for storage, others for a workshop, and some even transform the second floor into an apartment. Once you have picked a design and purchased the garage plans, you may be thinking, “now what?” There are 3 people who need to be involved in the garage building process. Read on for more information!

Local Planning Department to Review Garage Plans

The first step after purchasing garage plans and determining the location of your detached garage is to visit the local planning department. At the planning department you can learn if there are any requirements or regulations about building a garage on your property. The planning department will need a plot plan in order to approve the addition and issue a building permit. In certain areas where there are severe weather conditions such as earthquakes, the planning department may require the plans to be stamped by a state-licensed architect or engineer. It is extremely important to get the building permit from the planning department before starting construction. Building without a permit can affect getting a loan and many insurance companies won’t cover damages on projects without a permit.


Once the plan for construction has been approved, it is time to hire a contractor. The contractor will oversee the construction process and provide materials and labor. The contractor will look at the plans and come up with a price for the homeowners. It is important to research local contractors before picking one. You want to make sure you hire someone who is trustworthy and does good work. Websites like Yelp and Angie’s List contain reviews of local contractors that you can read before making a decision.

Building Inspector

A building inspector will also need to be involved in the garage construction project. Typically, they will stop by during construction and when it is all complete to make sure things are up to code and that the structure is safe for use.

Building a garage can initially seem like a daunting task. Luckily, with the help of a few people, the project will get done efficiently and effectively. After purchasing garage plans, it is time to get started on construction. Visit the local planning department and hire a contractor and building inspector and you will be ready to go. Contact Behm Design for information about available garage plans and how to begin the process of building a garage on your property.