Are you planning to build a hay shed or fodder shed on your property? There are many factors that you need to consider when it comes to building any type of shed.

Spanlift are shed experts in South Australia, and in our experience we have found that these are some of the key points to consider when building a shed on your property.


Have you thought about where exactly you want your hay shed located? When thinking about the location of your new shed, consider whether you’ll be able to access it in extreme weather conditions, whether the location will provide decent drainage and whether it will have access to all-weather roads. Will livestock be nearby? And if so, how will you keep animals out?  Spanlift recommends fodder sheds with one open side face east to minimise the inclement weather the hay is exposed to.

Shed Size

The size of your shed is very important. You need to think about how many hay bales you wish to store in your hay shed and that should give you an indication of the size that you will need. An approximate calculation you can use is the following:

500 bales: 24m x 12m x 6m

1,000 bales: 32m x 18m x 6m

2,500 bales: 42m x 24m x 8m

5,000 bales: 73.5m x 24m x 9m

* These calculations are based on standard 8’x4’x3’ bales

Council Approvals

Getting your hands on a council permit can be a tedious process. We recommend that you make use of the government resources such as on https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/planning-and-property/land-and-property-development to clarify any rules you may need to take into consideration.

From there you can create your plans and send them through to your local council.  If you build your shed with Spanlift, we can provide you with all the necessary building plans to submit for council approval.

As part of your Council Approval, you may be required to install fire tanks, hydrants or fire extinguishers. This will depend on your local state or jurisdiction rules. At the time of writing, in South Australia, you can build a Hay Shed up to 2000m2 without fire tanks or fire hydrants.

The next step in your hay shed or fodder shed considerations is to obtain a building permit. A major cost factor in building permits is fore regulations. Keeping the size of your shed under 2000m² ensures you don’t have to pay for expensive fire safety equipment.

Stormwater Storage

Water is a very valuable resource, especially in Australia. Depending on the shape of your hay shed, you may be able to harvest thousands of litres of rainwater each year. If you want to capture and store stormwater, you may want to look at investing in a stormwater system that includes large gutters that run into a tank. Spanlift offers a unique guttering system which ensures there are no downpipes across the open front of the shed.

Loading and Unloading

How will hay bales be loaded and unloaded to and from the hay shed? This should give you an idea as to how best to set up your hay shed so that loading and unloading is easy and efficient. Consider clear span designs with nudge resistant columns that allow your machinery to easily move in and out without damaging the shed. Consider carefully the hardstand area you will need in front of your hay shed for truck movements.

Looking for a top-quality hay shed or fodder shed in Adelaide? Call us on 1300 234 321 to speak to one of our experts, or click here to submit a quote request.