Project 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.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Build a Carport

Step by Step Instructions

1 Get plans and permits
2 Locate your amenities
  • Step 1. Get 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 New Zealand.

  • Step 2. Locate 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.

Tools and Materials


  • Builders square
  • Cordless drill
  • Earmuffs
  • Nail gun
  • Safety goggles
  • Saw
  • Shovel
  • Set square
  • Spirit level


  • Posts
  • Beams
  • Batons
  • Rafters
  • Stirrups
  • String line
  • Hurdles
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