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Planning/Building Permission - Carport

I understand that to build a shed, under a certain dimension, I don't need planning permission.

That said, what about carports?

e.g. something like this:
https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Doppelc...9/artikel.html

The idea is that I have ~6 parking spots on my property (one side on the road, so directly accessible to all of them), so putting a roof over them would be nice.

I even saw a carport that has a shed on one side (the far side), so that would merge both worlds and give some space to put a bike or two...
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Old 23.08.2021, 14:50
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Check with your gemeinde as each one has different planning rules and regs.
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Re: Planning/Building Permission - Carport

In our Gemeinde anything /fixed/ over 150cm that is visible from the road needs a development approval.



I suspect one reason why 'carports' are not particularly popular here is that they need to be very substantial to deal with the snow, ice and storms, else you risk it falling down and squashing your car... by the time you do that, it's probably cheaper to rent an underground car space...
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Old 23.08.2021, 15:40
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I suspect one reason why 'carports' are not particularly popular here is that they need to be very substantial to deal with the snow, ice and storms, else you risk it falling down and squashing your car... by the time you do that, it's probably cheaper to rent an underground car space...
That massive double structure with four thin posts in the OPs link would definitely fail in heavy snow!
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In our Gemeinde anything /fixed/ over 150cm that is visible from the road needs a development approval.



I suspect one reason why 'carports' are not particularly popular here is that they need to be very substantial to deal with the snow, ice and storms, else you risk it falling down and squashing your car... by the time you do that, it's probably cheaper to rent an underground car space...
Perhaps some clever kind of "angled roof" type thing would help.
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That massive double structure with four thin posts in the OPs link would definitely fail in heavy snow!
yeah it is a bare minimum, and they have funny technical characteristic:
Schneelast 1 kg/mē
Schneelast 1 kN/mē
I guess the first one is a mistake. Anyway this could work, albeit barely in the flat middle part of Switzerland, where one is not higher than 400 meter above the sea level. In most of the other parts you need to take into account the corrector factor, more you can see on this map.
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yeah it is a bare minimum, and they have funny technical characteristic:
Schneelast 1 kg/mē
Schneelast 1 kN/mē
I guess the first one is a mistake. Anyway this could work, albeit barely in the flat middle part of Switzerland, where one is not higher than 400 meter above the sea level. In most of the other parts you need to take into account the corrector factor, more you can see on this map.
Two different values - a kn is just over 100 kg. I presume the right one is kn as 1kg per sq metre suggests the whole thing would collapse if a cat jumped on it!
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Two different values - a kn is just over 100 kg. I presume the right one is kn as 1kg per sq metre suggests the whole thing would collapse if a cat jumped on it!
Looking at their other carports, it would appear they are missing a couple of zeros.
It should be 100Kg/m2.

It's got an aluminium roof covering with a specified "High rainfall noise!"
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Re: Planning/Building Permission - Carport

There's a ton of models (and suppliers):
https://www.galaxus.ch/en/s4/product...rages-11444714
https://www.galaxus.ch/en/s4/product...rages-11444656
https://www.galaxus.ch/en/s4/product...rages-11444690

Oddly galaxus seems to have one of the better prices!
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Re: Planning/Building Permission - Carport

We here in Vaud certainly did have to get a commune level formal approval to build a simple car-port on our own garden.
Had to furnish formal construction plans (with the calculations for snow weight as mentioned) and also prove the way the water falling on the roof would be dealt with.
Final condition was we had to get the actual paint colour for the wooden parts approved before starting painting, although the plans said what colour it would be, and that it would match the wooden parts of the house. The mayor came on site to view the paint swatches himself to give the final approval.
We live in the rural parts and only cows can overlook this carport - I always believed cows we colour blind, but in case not we know our careport will not offend them!
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We here in Vaud certainly did have to get a commune level formal approval to build a simple car-port on our own garden.
Had to furnish formal construction plans (with the calculations for snow weight as mentioned) and also prove the way the water falling on the roof would be dealt with.
Final condition was we had to get the actual paint colour for the wooden parts approved before starting painting, although the plans said what colour it would be, and that it would match the wooden parts of the house. The mayor came on site to view the paint swatches himself to give the final approval.
We live in the rural parts and only cows can overlook this carport - I always believed cows we colour blind, but in case not we know our careport will not offend them!
The Mayor came to check the paint for the car port, remarkable!
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The Mayor came to check the paint for the car port, remarkable!
The most important decision he made that week / month
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I understand that to build a shed, under a certain dimension, I don't need planning permission.

That said, what about carports?

e.g. something like this:
https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Doppelc...9/artikel.html

The idea is that I have ~6 parking spots on my property (one side on the road, so directly accessible to all of them), so putting a roof over them would be nice.

I even saw a carport that has a shed on one side (the far side), so that would merge both worlds and give some space to put a bike or two...
Carports (like the cars under them!) start quite cheap until you add all the extras you need, I wouldn't consider a flat roof carport with a load rating under 1000kg/m2 (Gable roof can be less). Location plays a bit in this load factor if it is protected by tall trees, buildings or on top of a mountain. One other option is to look at Solardachs (Carport with solar panels for the roof) these come pre-engineered at higher load ratings and it pays for itself over time.

Found the link. http://prospekt.solarterrassen.de/

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We live in the rural parts
If 30 years down the line the rural part is a booming urban sprawl, the people packed in the neighboring condo will have a pleasant swiss urban view from their cubicle at the 8th floor.

I am sure you understand that if these things were not regulated, you will have a cacophony of colors, bricks, tin sheets ...
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Re: Planning/Building Permission - Carport


Zurich (your location?) is on 408 meters above see level, in a second zone from the map I linked above, so it means the roofs needs to bear at least 0,9 kN/m2 or simplified 90kg/m2 of snow load. Not all variants of the linked carports are suitable.


And just a warning, seems like Karibu is using only cheap visualizations to present their products, I would check somewhere how the products really look.
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