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I had a toilet, sink, and shower added to my garage 20 years ago, never got a permit, can park car s

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I'm not as familiar with China Town Zoning and Building Codes as I am with Pasadena... but likely you will need to either:
1) Get the permits and inspections (which means produce the drawings and submit them for review first), as well as build a new carport or garage

OR
2) Remove the un-permitted work.

Pasadena has "lot coverage" limits, floor area ratio limits, setback limits, auxiliary structure size limits, distance between building limits, and "required" covered parking.  The neighbor when purchasing a house next door with the illegal garage conversions had to rip out the bathroom that encroached on the required garage parking space, and had to put in the required 1 hour fire wall separation, not to mention the required permits for the "living space" addition, and the change from the "illegal kitchen" to a "wet bar" for the "family room, storage, guest room" space in the auxiliary structure, as the property is zoned "single family" and two units on a lot are not allowed unless "grandfathered in" meaning "existing prior to the zoning" (which would have meant it had a "permit" at time it was built).
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If you have a bathroom that is unpermitted, it is still unpermitted and should not be listed as a legal bathroom if you go to sell. You can list the garage if it is still functional as such.

Many municipalities offer amnesty to long time owners who are willing to pay for permits. They can inspect based on existing standards at that time in some cases. It might be worth an anonymous call to your local building department to see what your options are.
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