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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.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.