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    Default Metal covered arena advice needed

    I've been looking to get my arena covered, but haven't found anything that's doable in the money department. Now I've found a new metal, free-standing arena cover that's almost affordable, but I'm worried about how much more cost will be added in putting it up (buying it would clean me out). It has never been assembled, so wouldn't need to be taken down, but would need to be moved and then put up here. It also is shorter than my arena, so wouldn't cover it all and I'm wondering how hard it would be to add on later. Has anyone done this with an iron arena cover?
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    What about building permits? How much do those run?
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    Moving and putting up an arena would be quite costly. You would need to contact a company specializing in that to get an exact quote, but not cheap!



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    Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of!
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    A friend in Santa Rosa (norcal) just built one with a metal roof and trusses, etc. I believe it ran about $150-200k out the door (including permits, county BS, etc.) to put over an existing engineered all-weather arena.. It was a BIG deal to get permitted because the county wanted her to put fire sprinklers in it. It was not easy. The arena is shorter than the outdoor she covered.

    Much depends on your county or city requirements. I personally opted for building a super nice all-weather arena with good footing and also invested in a good riding raincoat.... as a covered was just not worth the cost for me.



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    Second, cost can depend on if you have to (or follow) any other requirements/laws. Where I am, any structure covering over 1000 ft2 must have a land development plan (engineering firm required) which can run $$
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    Don't forget how much your taxes will be on that kind of structure.
    Here, they run rather high.
    Don't let that become a late surprise, once you have that up.



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    Oh Goodness! My county (El Dorado) is known for being a PITA for building permits etc. but I didn't think an arena cover (no walls etc.) would be that big a deal. I'm definitely looking into the permits before I plunk any money down for the actual cover. Watermark, why would they want fire sprinklers on a metal roof structure that's over sand? Where is the fire hazard there? The arena I have is all-weather, but I'm almost more bugged by the sun/heat than by the rain!
    A cover sure would be nice!
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    I board at a barn with a covered arena. It isn't a regular size for dressage, it is 19 meters wide and 50 meters long. The barn owner told me it cost $110,000 to have it put up. That price included the sprinkler system and nice rock dust/sand footing, permits, a retaining wall, etc. This is in northwest GA above Atlanta. She'll never get her money back on the thing. But it sure is nice, summer heat or winter rain, to have it!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiter View Post
    Watermark, why would they want fire sprinklers on a metal roof structure that's over sand? Where is the fire hazard there?
    No idea! I know it's totally ludicrous but several friends with new or even existing covered arenas have fought this fight with Sonoma County. It's maddening.



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    Well, you could see if a sprinkler system to water the arena will qualify for fire sprinkler system.

    Here is one place to get quotes, that at least will help you get an idea:

    http://www.rhinobldg.com/

    Their engineering is very solid and their prices hard to beat.
    If we decide to build our covered areana after all, that is where we will get our materials.
    The trick, the county wants $4000+ a year taxes on that open building.
    A little too pricey for a convenience.



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    Thanks for the link Bluey, but unless they have a company in CA, I don't think I would want to pay shipping all the way from Texas!

    The taxes are crazy. I'll have to find out how they figure that in Cali, but my husband said it has something to do with how much you pay for the arena???

    Dang, nothing is ever easy and of course it's absolutely pouring here today. I could use my arena as a swimming pool!
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