Do I need a building permit to build a carport and Rockhampton?
If you plan on building a carport in Rockhampton, it’s likely that you’ll need to obtain building approval from the city council. To get started, it’s best to give them a call and provide information about your property so they can make an assessment. They’ll need to know where on your property you plan to build and the distances from boundary lines. It’s important to note that you can’t build over easements or sewage lines. Once you have preliminary advice from the council on where you can build, you can submit a formal application. MSB can provide the necessary paperwork, including certified engineering plans and architectural drawings for your carport kit, which you can submit with your application forms. With all the paperwork in order, your application should be approved.
How thick does the concrete need to be?
Typically, a 100mm thick concrete slab should suffice for storing vehicles for carports and sheds. However, if you intend to drive heavier vehicles onto the concrete, it would be advisable to increase the thickness to 150mm and also enhance the strength of the concrete. It is recommended to have a footing that is 600mm deep and 450mm wide in diameter to ensure a sturdy foundation and prevent any uplift during severe weather conditions such as storms and cyclonic winds.
What is the minimum size for a carport?
Typically, the minimum size for a carport is a 3-meter wide roof and 5.5-meter depth, which is suitable to cover a single small vehicle. To provide extra coverage at the front and rear of the vehicle, it is common to increase the depth to 6 meters, depending on the available space on your land.
How much is a double carport kit?
The cost of a double carport kit can vary depending on the type of roof. A skillion roof can cost around $4,000, while a Gable roof can cost between $4,500 to $5,500. If you opt for a hip roof, carport or a Dutch Gable roof carport, the cost will be higher, ranging from $6,000 to $9,000. The final price will depend on factors such as colour options, height dimensions, and inclusions.
Do carports and sheds in Rockhampton need to be built as cyclonic building code?
Yes, Rockhampton is located within the region of Australia which requires all structures to be designed and engineered according to the Australian building code AS1170, which includes cyclonic wind standards. Cyclonic designs differ from non-cyclonic designs in terms of the gauge of steel used and additional bracing. It’s also recommended to use brass washers on roof sheets to prevent uplift during cyclonic storms. The price difference between a cyclonic and non-cyclonic carport is typically around 15 to 25%.