What size of canopy carport do I need for my vehicle?
Depending on the building codes in your city or municipality, you may need a building permit before installing a free-standing carport.
Are building permits really necessary?
There are a number of reasons building permits are in place. For one, they protect you from dangerous construction. By consulting the building codes in your area, you are not only obeying the law, but you are also protecting yourself from a lawsuit. In addition, carport building permits ensure that the carport meets certain safety requirements. Lastly, by failing to meet the specific building codes in your area you may find yourself denied insurance coverage and a possible loss of property value.
Are building permits hard to get?
Contact the building codes division of your local government offices. This office will be able to provide all necessary information about building permits in your area. They will make sure you are following certain steps for optimal safety. In some areas a permit may not be required, so it is advisable to call the building codes division before beginning construction.
How long will it take to get a permit?
If your city requires a building permit, they will likely ask you to provide your carport building plans for the division's office and fill out an application. After the application is reviewed and all code requirements are met, you will receive a permit. In the event that they find something wrong with your construction plans, they will notify you of the problems that need to be fixed. You will need to pay a fee; the amount depends on the carport's dimensions. Sometime during the construction, a representative will visit the site to make sure that all guidelines are being met. Finally, you will receive a document of approval once the carport is finished and complies with all specifications.
Understand that the representative at the building codes division is there to help you have a safe and enjoyable building project. A building permit will provide the assurance that you have "covered all your bases" and your carport is safe and ready to be used for many years to come.
Can you custom build carports?
No, we do not custom build any carports. If you are searching for a specific size and do not find it on our site, give us a call (1-800-745-3180) and we will try to accommodate your needs.