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A building permit is required for all attached and detached carports. Carport placement must be in compliance with Richardson's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

Carports on the street side of corner lots shall meet the minimum building setbacks for that lot. Refer to diagram to determine required maneuvering distances.

Carport Diagram

Provide completed permit application - Residential Building Permit Application

Two copies of the following construction documents are required for review:

  • Plot plan of the property drawn to scale, include all existing structures and proposed carport. Indicate dimensions from supporting posts of carport to property lines
  • Foundation plan - Lightweight patio covers & carports may be supported with 3’ depth spot piers. All other carports/patio covers must have the appropriate foundation plan, either meeting minimum city specifications or you may provide engineered foundation plans
  • A complete roof framing plan drawn to scale which must include all framing member sizing, spacing, clear spans & species. All conventional wood framing must demonstrate compliance with the 2015 International Residential Code or be appropriately engineered. For pre-fabricated covers, submit the engineered manufacturer's specifications for all the individual components & connection details
  • Elevations or exterior side views of the structure.

The building permit must be approved and posted at the property prior to any work commencing. All contractors must be registered to perform work in the City of Richardson. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact Building Inspection at 972-744-4195 or email your questions or concerns to Community Services. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.