You won’t need engineered plans for any county in Texas for a steel carport or RV cover. If you live in an incorporated town or city, you need to check with your local building department.
If you need engineered plans for your carport or RV cover, we can help you.
Texas municipalities can be pretty easy to deal with, and many people have satisfied their local town or city by furnishing drawings from us that show the sizes and strengths of the steel. These are never “wet stamped” by the engineer - if you need original wet stamped plans, that’s when we have to charge. Three sets of stamped and sealed drawings along with three sets of stamped and sealed structural calculations by a licensed Texas engineer are $450.
If you are intending to place the structure on "stepped elevations" due to site irregularity, the costs would increase somewhat. Please consult with your Absolute Steel representative for pricing if this is the case.
Along with those engineered plans you’ll need a site plan showing the distance from the lot line and nearby buildings (fire access). Hand drawn is fine.
Before you spend your money on engineered plans, please check and see if you are in violation of any setbacks from the lot line or other issues that may prevent you from building your steel carport or RV cover where you intend. We don’t make money selling engineered plans so please do this.
“I don’t want to go through the permitting process even though I’m supposed to.”
Believe it or not, we hear this a lot. About 10% of the people who go this route are subsequently cited by the city for not getting a permit and of those, 90% are due to #3 below. If you’re going to build your steel carport or RV cover with a “courtesy permit” we strongly suggest the following:
- Always check and make sure that the placement of the structure is allowable—distance from lot lines etc.
- Document your footings, slab or caissons. Take a picture of your work documenting such with a tape measure to show depth. If it’s a footing, take a picture of the steel rebar in place. When you cover things up with concrete no one can tell what’s in there unless you have documented it.
- Know your neighbors--95% of complaints comes from a neighbor. A little communication goes a long ways.
- Follow our installation instructions and do it the way we suggest.
If you subsequently find your structure red tagged by an official, you can then order plans from us and go into the building department, hat in hand, and usually end up with a permit.