Your car is probably an essential part of your daily life. For many people it is also the second biggest purchase you’ve made, your house is the biggest. Looking after your chosen vehicle is important but, even if you have a garage, it’s generally a hassle to use it.
That’s why many people look to install a high-quality double carport. This gives your car and you protection from the weather. A carport can provide additional security for your vehicle and it can be a stylish addition to your home.
There are many different styles available, you’re certain to find one that complements your tastes and the look of your home.
However, the biggest question is whether you need regulations to install a carport.
What Regulations Are Required?
The first thing to note is that the rules are different in every state. You’re going to need to verify the specifics with your local planning department. In most cases planning permission is not required but a building permit is. These are much simpler than full planning permission but, if you don’t get one, the state can force you to tear your carport down.
There are some general guidelines that will help you get building permission. Again, these are state-specific but most states will operate the following rules:
The maximum height of a carport depends on where it is located. Generally to meters is permissible. But, if the carport is close to your boundary the height may be reduced.
You will also need to verify the floor area and the material that it will be constructed with. Concrete is the best option. This is more expensive but provides a sturdy base for your vehicle. A standard double carport sized base is usually not an issue.
It should be noted that if you’re in an area that experiences bush fires your carport cannot increase the risk of fire spreading between buildings.
You’ll also need to think about the water that collects on your roof. Your carport will need guttering and downpipes. Alongside this, you’ll need to have a plan and permission for where the water is going to run-off too.
Some states have no guidelines for this, others want them to go to the mains drains and some prefer you to use rainwater collection tanks!
There are some councils that will define the accepted appearance of a carport. You’ll need to check these before you start planning your project as you don’t want to order a carport that you can’t use.
Installing a carport can seem daunting once you start looking at the abundance of regulations. The good news is that most states are very helpful regarding the process. They will guide you to ensure you comply with their guidelines. This helps to ensure your building permission is granted on the first attempt and you can get on with installing the carport.
Of course, then you may need to think about who is going to install it.