Frequently Asked Questions
To get started opt in for a free onsite design consultation and we will design your dream carport, patio or deck and provide you with an official online quote. Moving forward is easy, just click on the quote to sign and show your acceptance. When you’re ready to get started we will help you collate all the necessary forms and coordinate the drafting and council approvals for you.
Your new project will look like it was there all along or will be the start of something new...we pride ourselves on matching to the existing or future style of your home and will customise the design to suit your needs, style, and budget.
The materials used will match those used on your existing property however we want you to be happy so let us know if you have something else in mind.
Prior to works commencing it is necessary to obtain both a Planning Approval and a Building Permit from your local shire. The Carport Co is experienced in this area and will do this on your behalf should you wish us to do so. That way you can sit back, relax and allow us to do the nitty gritty work for you.
For more info on building permits click here.
For info on the State Planning R-Codes click here.
3-4 months is the legislative time period in which councils have to work on your applications. We suggest adding in a couple extra weeks for drafting and engineering to take place.
Councils usually take up to 60 days to process a development application where no consultation is required, and 90 days if any consultation is necessary. These timeframes may be extended where agreement from the applicant has been obtained as no application is like another.
There are two types of building permits, one is certified prior to submission and takes just 10 days once submitted to council, and the other is uncertified (the cheaper option) and takes up to 28 days once submitted. The Carport Co predominantly uses the certified option simply because it's faster.
Once we have the necessary approvals in place we will start construction as soon as possible, you will be notified by us with the start date and estimated construction period. We are happy to work with you should you have a preferred time, just let us know.
We know you’re busy so we like to make minimal disruption to your daily life. Timber structures are usually completed within a week and Brick and Tile structures take approximately 4 weeks, unfortunately mother nature sometimes has other plans. In wet weather we cannot work onsite for safety and practical reasons, however we do endeavour to be as productive as possible in these times and will keep you informed along the way.
We accept payment via Cash, Electronic Fund Transfer and Visa/Mastercard (Surcharge applies on credit card payments). Our projects are invoiced in stages which are determined by the type and value of structure you are getting. The schedule is always communicated within the client agreement at the beginning of our working relationship to ensure clarity from the get go.
At this present time we do not personally offer finance, but should you wish to see if you are eligible to apply we would recommend contacting Cape Finance here. They are very efficient and friendly, I’m sure they would love to help.