How long does it take to get a shed built?

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Shed build time is entirely dependent on the type of construction and the size of the shed.

A simple shed might only take eight to ten weeks from order to finish.
A larger commercial project can take 6 to 12 months to build on-site – however it could have already taken months, if not years, to get documentation and council approvals done prior to that.
Just getting the shell of a shed up is fairly quick, but the finishing off may take a lot longer.

The time taken to build a shed is obviously affected or influenced by every detail of the project. The basic timeline might be

  1. Purchasing a block of land
  2. Design of building
  3. Council approvals
  4. Getting quotes
  5. Selecting a builder
  6. Begin construction

The two major time delays of industrial projects are design and getting through council.

Then the actual build. Strange as it seems, it can take longer to gain council approval for a project than it does to build the shed itself. This is because we live in a regime of extreme safety and regulation. With the incidence of things like Opal Towers, consultants and councils are getting very paranoid about litigation and sign-off on quality standards. 

In actual time, council approvals can take anywhere from three months to two years, with three months being for a very simple project. 

Depending on the workload of the builder, construction times may vary. Therefore it’s worthwhile getting in touch with your preferred builder to see what their workload is well ahead of the time you when are actually going to need them onsite. 

A complete new-build, from the ground up, of a 500 m2 to 2000 m2 building, would take somewhere in the order of 6 to 9 months to complete. Obviously larger, or more complex structures will be upwards of this.

If you are considering an industrial shed project, it can be seen that the earlier you start the design & council phase, the better off you’ll be.

Conclusion: Start talking to builders and designers as soon as feasible to ensure you get your project completed as early as possible. 

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