Have you ever considered what goes into setting up a carport on your property? Purchasing the shelter is only part of the picture. Many cities and towns consider adding a carport, portable garage, or shed-like building to be the addition of a new structure – even if you don’t set it in the ground. Because of this, a permit often needs to be obtained before the structure is erected. We’ve discussed a few times on this blog in regards to local ordinances for such structures, and, while these need to be consulted before you purchase a carport or similar structure, securing a permit is the next step before the shelter is put into the ground.
A recent article discusses which types of shelters need permits. Shelters, like carports, aren’t the only outdoor projects needing permits, however. As the linked article above explains, nearly all outdoor projects and additions require a permit. This includes adding a fence, shed, patios, porches, carports, and any accessory structures. Additionally, many interior home improvements, such as remodeling or adding a hot water heater, require permits, too. The only exception to this is a playhouse, but every open or enclosed structure added to the back, front, or side of your home needs a permit before being added.
Obtaining a permit isn’t difficult. As the article explains, you need to present your plans for the shelter or other improvements and to pay a small fee. The fee, however, can vary, if it is needed. In the towns used for the article, local laws specify that structures covering an area less than 120 square feet do not need a permit. For your carport, this would be a 12 x 10 square foot building. Structures larger than this may need to pay $50 dollars or more. Not paying a permit will result in a doubled fee.