SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco homeowner tired of scouring city streets for parking took issues into his own hands.

After buying the $705,000 Sunnyside home at 698 Joost Avenue last year without a garage or parking spot, the owner met with San Francisco’s Planning Department to explore the process for digging out a space on the sloped lot.

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The Planning Department notes that his plan “poses challenges with regard to code” and that the owner “seeks clarity as to best possible path to take going forward.”

Apparently he took that as a sign to go full-speed ahead on carving out his own parking paradise, permit or not.


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SocketSite reported he employed a landscaping company to start the excavation project, which meant tearing up the home’s yard and rerouting its sewer line.

But within an hour of news breaking Tuesday, a building inspector showed up to the property and issued a Notice of Violation.

Now the owner will have 15 days to secure a permit, or he may be ordered to restore the slope.

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Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets