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Overview

Before you even pick up a single tool to build your carport, it's important to check and cover off a few things first. These will save you any legal or safety issues further down the track.

Steps

1Get plans and permits

Make sure you go through the right authorities to obtain plans and permits. This will ensure that they meet basic health, safety, structural, environmental and heritage requirements in line with the local government and Building Code of Australia.

2Locate your amenities

It's also important that you locate where all your water and electricity services are to avoid any damage to them or yourself during construction. You may also have to obtain electrical and plumbing approvals.

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.