Requirements for installing a carport vary depending on the location of the individual. Contacting the local government helps to determine if a building permit is necessary. In some states, such as Florida, each of the counties has specific requirements, states Carport Central.
If a locality requires a permit, completing the application is mandatory and there is a fee. Applicants may need to submit stamped and generic drawings in some counties. Installation can only start after the local government approves the application. In some cases, the zoning rules for a particular location requires the manufacturing company to offer the permit, according to Carport Central. Failing to get a building permit can result in legal issues.