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#1763847 - 12/04/12 09:53 PM How does FEMA define carport?
Myra18 Offline
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Our collateral contains a carport with three rigid walls that appear to be attached to a concrete pad. Our lender was kind enough to put in the file a copy of pages from the Flood Insurance Manual that states that carports are now excluded from coverage. The structure we have appears to meet FEMA's definition of an insurable structure. Does anyone know if FEMA defines carport? I have not been able to find it.

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#1763854 - 12/04/12 10:09 PM Re: How does FEMA define carport? Myra18
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I have not seen a definition of carport issued by FEMA. However, if it does not have at least two rigid walls and a roof, it isn't an insurable structure. So an open-sided carport would be excluded, while a carport such as you have (assuming it has a roof with the three rigid walls) sounds like it is insurable.
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#1763921 - 12/05/12 01:50 PM Re: How does FEMA define carport? Myra18
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I agree. Typically, a 'carport' is open, whereas a 'garage' has walls. Both are intended to house cars. wink

I would call what you have described a garage, before I would call it a carport.

Here is a decent comparison of the two structures.
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#1763975 - 12/05/12 03:14 PM Re: How does FEMA define carport? Myra18
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Our collateral contains a carport with three rigid walls that appear to be attached to a concrete pad.

If as Doug stated the structure has a roof it meets the definition of a building and if located in a SFHA must be separately insured; unless it may qualify as a detached garage and fall under the 10% coverage umbrella of the general policy.
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#1764111 - 12/05/12 06:01 PM Re: How does FEMA define carport? Myra18
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It does have a roof. Thanks everyone!

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