Site Preparation & Delivery Information

Building Permits

Building Permits:

Prior to purchasing one of our quality products, we recommend that you check with your local township office first to find out the requirements in placing a shed, garage, or gazebo on your property . A set of guidelines may be required for you to follow which will advise you on “setback” requirements and determine where the shed can be placed in relation to front, side and rear property lines, as well as utility easements. Since all municipalities have differing regulations and requirements, we are unable to give advice on exactly what may be required of you. We are often asked to supply building specs and proof of insurance as part of the permit process and we are happy to assist whenever possible. Taking care of these issues is the responsibility of the property owner. Sealed architectural drawings are available, as necessary, for a fee.

Our Site Preparation Advice

Our Site Preparation Advice:

  • Dig out the grass 3″ – 5″ and create a level area 12″ larger on each side,than the size of your structure.
  • Fill in the area with 3/4″ clean crushed stone to allow for the water to drain away from your building. Make sure you level the pad.
  • A 4×4 pressure-treated edge may be helpful to eliminate the stone from washing away but is not required.
  • Concrete pads are also an option but are not required and usually not recommended.

NOTE: We do not recommend using cinder blocks as a base for your shed. The blocks tend to lift when the ground freezes and thaws resulting in your shed becoming unlevelled.

Site Access

Site Access:

It is important to confirm that the prepared site is accessible to our delivery truck and trailer.

  • Our driver must have at least 2 feet of clearance on each side, depending on the width of your structure.
  • Please note that there must not be any trees, tree limbs or branches, shrubs or fences, or utility lines that would prohibit access for the truck and trailer to deliver the structure.
  • If in doubt, please contact us prior to placing your order.
  • Driver cannot be responsible for blocked access once order is placed and delivered.
  • Driver cannot be responsible for ruts in the lawn during delivery, although every precaution is taken to minimize any damage to your property.
Site Preparation Services

Please take a moment to view the delivery photos and video below for an idea of what takes place during a typical delivery.

If your site is inaccessible, please contact us about purchasing a “shed kit”, “gazebo kit” or our “MULE Delivery” service. The “shed kit” means that our skilled craftsmen will build the components and package it up for delivery to your home, for you or your contractor to build the structure on your prepared site.  There is a minimal fee for the “kit” option for the added material and labor to package the large parcel. For a small additional fee, we might also be able to deliver your structure fully assembled with our “MULE Delivery” service. See further below for information.

Site Preparation Services:

We offer local site preparation services – prices will vary depending on the size and slope of your chosen site. If the structure is being delivered out of our local area, we recommend the use of a professional excavator local to you to prepare your site. An incorrectly prepared site may void our warranty. We recommend calling a local excavator to provide you with an estimate, depending on the size of the shed, gazebo or garage you are purchasing.

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What to Expect on Delivery Day

What to Expect on Delivery Day:

See video below for more about how our MULE operates and how it can work for you during a difficult delivery. Please note: We must be made aware of your need of the MULE delivery service at the time of ordering. Deliveries using this service may incur an additional charge and must be scheduled ahead of time.

Click below to view a video of a Fox Country Shed delivery:

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If your site is not accessible for our STANDARD trailer delivery, chances are that you can still have the shed, gazebo or garage you’ve been dreaming of! We can arrange to deliver your shed with our “MULE” delivery service. Our MULE is a small but mighty contraption that can wheel your structure right onto your prepared site, without the use of a truck and trailer.

“I purchased my shed from Fox’s because they designed and built exactly what I wanted. Also, they were able to easily make what I thought was a difficult delivery.”

~ Barry
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