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Building Permits: Prior to building your new metal carport or other structure?

By Carport Charlie   |   Posted In: Installation

Building permits for carports

So you’ve chosen the perfect metal carport, barn, workshop, or other metal building for your property. Now what? Whether you have purchased a do-it-yourself metal carport kit or are having a custom building, such as a metal garage, installed by a professional team, it is important to do the proper research beforehand so that you don’t run into zoning headaches with your new structure.

Steps to take before installing your metal building

  • Depending on where you live, contact your local government office to find out if you need a building permit for the structure you are looking to install. Requirements will vary based on location. For example, some localities will not need permits for metal sheds under a certain measurement, while others will require it for any structure.
  • If your locality requires a permit, complete the application. There is typically a fee associated with this which will vary from place to place. In some cases, you may need an “As Build” drawing, which can be mailed to you directly from the engineer. In other instances, your local zoning rules may require that your manufacturing company pull the permit. If you are purchasing a metal RV cover, barn, or other product from Carport Central, we are happy to help with this process.
  • Wait for approval to go through before scheduling your installation.
  • It is also important to have the utility lines marked prior to installation to ensure that no utility lines get punctured during the installation process, leading to possible injury or utility service disruption.

Buying Requirements in Florida

Florida Customers are unique in that every building we sell in Florida requires a building permit. Each of Florida’s counties has their own requirements, so depending on the county you build in, you may need an “As Build,” “Generic,” or “Wet Stamped” set of drawings. “As Build” drawings can cost around $125.00 to $200.00 and are drawings site specific to what you have ordered. The building will be engineered to the exact specification of the drawings. The engineer will mail the drawing directly to you, the customer, so that you can pull the permit. Some Florida counties require that the manufacturing company pull the permit. If this is the case, Carport Central has people in place to help you with this process. Most counties ask for “Generic” drawings, which are immediately available upon deposit so that you can pull the permit. Some counties may ask for “Wet Stamped” drawings, or those stamped or signed with a rubber stamp or ink pen by the engineer after the drawing is printed out rather than being done electronically.

What if I don’t get a building permit for my metal building?

If your area requires a building permit and you install without one, there are some possible issues you could face down the road, including:

  • Unforeseen safety concerns, especially if you are building it yourself and are not a professional
  • Legal issues including fines, the hassle of dealing with local government, and the possibility of having to tear down your structure and start again
  • Pesky neighbors who may notice that you are installing a new structure and call the city to verify that you are permitted to do so, leading to a visit from a local inspector
  • Building permit issues when you decide to sell your property (rare, but not unheard of)

By following the proper steps, you can ensure the successful installation and enjoyment of your new metal building without worries or headaches down the road.

At Carport Central, we specialize in the installation of Prefabricated Steel Structures such as Horse barns, Metal garages, carports, workshops and other custom metal buildings across the country. If you have any questions or need assistance, please give one of our friendly customer service representatives a call at 844-860-4950.


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