This man is from Bakersfield, CA. He and his wife rented a Kiosk (built in 1998) which was originally used as a coffee shop and they changed legally to a sandwich shop. It has an interior restroom, which was judged ADA compliant. An inspector came and cited them for having chairs sitting outside near the pick-up window, and then said that they needed to put in an additional restroom outside, or needed to put an additional outside entrance to the restroom because of the chairs. Then, they started to find multiple things. There is a detached 5 foot x 5 foot shed built to shelter the main water line to protect it from damage, and an opening to the crawl space under the kiosk to keep out unauthorized entry. They now say there was no permit for this structure, and he has to submit complete plans, etc for this structure.
He actually does not yet own the Kiosk, but wants to protect the landlord from harassment in the hopes of being able to purchase it. Since it sounds to me as if the chairs by the pick-up window were not permanently attached, I'm not sure how this all got started, and am a little curious, since they have a middle Eastern name. I can't believe someone would claim they needed another restroom for a kiosk, especially on the basis of some temporary chairs -- it is my impression that they are just chairs.
Does the small size of this wooden shed exempt it from needing a permit? What kind of shed could be built to shelter these things from public destruction, that would meet code, or not require a permit? Does non-fixed furniture trigger requirements, ADA or otherwise?
Any assistance I could give this individual would be much appreciated!