If you live in an incorporated municipality or town in Texas, chances are you will be required to get a building permit to build a metal building or steel carport on your property. Obtaining a permit usually requires engineered plans. In some instances they will be satisfied with a permit fee and drawings only—unstamped and unsealed by the engineer. If so, we’ll provide that at no charge at the time of your purchase.
Many times we have sold our steel buildings and carports to individuals who were required to obtain a permit but didn’t. They bought the Engineered System and built it according to our instructions, which will engineer, and documented the concrete footings and steel with a camera while the work was done. That way if they were later required to obtain a building permit, they had proper documentation on the items such as footings and those people then came back to us and bought the engineering and got their permit.
If you are proceeding forward in this manner: Do not place your steel building or carport on your lot in violation of setbacks, distances from other building,s etc. PUT IT IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
Compliance with your local building department is your responsibility.
Obtaining a Building Permit
Once you have your engineered plans in-hand, you will usually need a site plan showing where you intend to build your metal building. Hand drawn is typically fine. We do not obtain permits for you. This would require a person traveling the State of Texas to pull this off and you would not be happy with the charges. Besides, you as a homeowner in your own town will be given far less hassles than a professional.
It’s all about saving you money!
Cost & Ordering Plans
The costs for three sets of original stamped and sealed drawings and structural calculations by a licensed Texas engineer is $450 for carports and $650 for buildings.
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.
Before ordering engineering for your metal building in Texas, please consult your local building department’s requirements about lot line set-backs and distance from other structures on your property which is for fire department access in case of emergency.
We have no interest in you purchasing engineering if you can’t use it.