Construction of a carport requires an accessory structure permit. Electrical construction work in conjunction with carport construction requires a separate permit.

A carport is defined as a roofed accessory structure, open on a minimum of 2 sides when attached to the primary structure (home) and open on at least 3 sides if freestanding. A side may have siding extending down a maximum of 2 feet from the roofline and still be counted as open.

Residential Carport: A carport shall be located within the side or rear yard. If located in a side yard, a carport shall not extend closer to the front property line than the front of the house. Required setbacks for a carport are measured from the supporting columns of the carport’s roof. A carport must be set back 6 feet from side and rear property lines. For corner lots, a carport must be set back 25 feet from the side yard lot line adjacent to a street. A maximum of two accessory structures are allowed per lot or property.

Nonresidential & Multifamily Carports: Allowable nonresidential and multifamily carport construction is generally the same as allowable residential carport construction; however, please check with Development Services staff for details on allowable nonresidential and multifamily carport construction.

Submittal Requirements: (See accessory structure permit application for details)

  • Accessory Structure Permit Application
  • Construction plans
  • Plot plan
  • Fee: $30 (less than 120 square feet); $75 (120 to 250 square feet); $0.50/square foot (greater than 250 square feet)
  • HOA approval letter (for accessory structures on residential lots within a neighborhood with a homeowners association)
Submittal Method: Accessory structure permit application and payment must be submitted in person by homeowner or contractor.