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What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« on: February 03, 2017, 04:42 pm »
Can anyone tell me what the code requirements are for constructing a carport?(i.e., set-back, materials, height, width, length, etc.)

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 09:33 am »
Depends on the zoning of the property. 

Generally, you'd need at least 7.5 feet from the side property line.

I doubt you'd ever exceed maximum height on a carport.

Width and length are constrained by your property dimensions within the setbacks and not to exceed maximum lot coverage, counting all impervious surfaces.

Those aluminum carports are easiest... just bolt it together and disregard zoning and building codes.  Otherwise, for something permanent and/or attached to the house you probably need an architect.
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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 10:08 am »
Depends on the zoning of the property. 

Generally, you'd need at least 7.5 feet from the side property line.

I doubt you'd ever exceed maximum height on a carport.

Width and length are constrained by your property dimensions within the setbacks and not to exceed maximum lot coverage, counting all impervious surfaces.

Those aluminum carports are easiest... just bolt it together and disregard zoning and building codes.  Otherwise, for something permanent and/or attached to the house you probably need an architect.
Thanks! It would be free standing and would just cover one car on an existing driveway.

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 10:43 am »
Depends on the zoning of the property. 

Generally, you'd need at least 7.5 feet from the side property line.



Out of curiosity, if you bought a house with an existing garage which is WAY under 7.5 feet from the property line, could the city make you take it down, or are you ok unless you need to re-do it?

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2017, 01:10 pm »
Depends on the zoning of the property. 

Generally, you'd need at least 7.5 feet from the side property line.



Out of curiosity, if you bought a house with an existing garage which is WAY under 7.5 feet from the property line, could the city make you take it down, or are you ok unless you need to re-do it?
No problem if its there already.
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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 08:45 pm »
Depends on the zoning of the property. 

Generally, you'd need at least 7.5 feet from the side property line.



Out of curiosity, if you bought a house with an existing garage which is WAY under 7.5 feet from the property line, could the city make you take it down, or are you ok unless you need to re-do it?
No problem if its there already.
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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2017, 05:11 pm »
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Those aluminum carports are easiest... just bolt it together and disregard zoning and building codes.  Otherwise, for something permanent and/or attached to the house you probably need an architect.

JBB:

Would this apply to carports kits with sides? (same as you're describing but with walls on the sides/not front and back)

What about entire metal garage kits with 4 walls that are similarly bolted down? I've been told that these can be defined as temporary buildings, and thus avoid permitting.

Is it the same for Uni-D and ATL in regard to these two questions?

Last question: how did you come to know the codes so well??

Thanks!

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 02:39 pm »
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Those aluminum carports are easiest... just bolt it together and disregard zoning and building codes.  Otherwise, for something permanent and/or attached to the house you probably need an architect.

JBB:

Would this apply to carports kits with sides? (same as you're describing but with walls on the sides/not front and back)

What about entire metal garage kits with 4 walls that are similarly bolted down? I've been told that these can be defined as temporary buildings, and thus avoid permitting.

Is it the same for Uni-D and ATL in regard to these two questions?

Last question: how did you come to know the codes so well??

Thanks!
I used to work in the city planning office a while back.  I don't know for sure, but I think any such building without a foundation (or requiring a newly poured slab) would be exempt from permitting in either jurisdiction... any of those buildings you see in the parking lot of Home Depot.
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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2017, 07:51 am »
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Those aluminum carports are easiest... just bolt it together and disregard zoning and building codes.  Otherwise, for something permanent and/or attached to the house you probably need an architect.

JBB:

Would this apply to carports kits with sides? (same as you're describing but with walls on the sides/not front and back)

What about entire metal garage kits with 4 walls that are similarly bolted down? I've been told that these can be defined as temporary buildings, and thus avoid permitting.

Is it the same for Uni-D and ATL in regard to these two questions?

Last question: how did you come to know the codes so well??

Thanks!
I used to work in the city planning office a while back.  I don't know for sure, but I think any such building without a foundation (or requiring a newly poured slab) would be exempt from permitting in either jurisdiction... any of those buildings you see in the parking lot of Home Depot.

Now I understand why you are the code maven. Thanks!
I was thinking more along the lines of something like this though:


I've search the codes... is this something that is specifically exempted, or exempted by omission?

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2017, 08:32 am »
I was thinking more along the lines of something like this though:


I've search the codes... is this something that is specifically exempted, or exempted by omission?
That looks like something that needs a permit... also maybe an electrical permit if you're running power to it.  The fee for the building permit is $0.38 per sf. (if it were a carport, it would be $0.25)

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Re: What Is The CofA Code For Building A Carport?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 09:10 am »
Thanks!