Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

You can call us anytime from 7 A.M. till 5 P.M., 6 days per week. Unless we are out of cell phone range or unavoidably detained, we will answer the phone.

Our display lot is always open but unattended, which means you can inspect our sheds anytime during daylight hours, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year without an appointment. Our office hours and shop are also located on this property, but call for our office hours because they vary with the season and our work load. If you see the gate open, please feel free to walk back and talk to us. Otherwise we won’t know you are here because we can’t see you from the shop area.

What are the directions to your office?

We are located at 4535 W. Ina Rd. To find us, take Interstate 10 to Ina Rd (exit 248), head right (east) over the railroad tracks. We are the third business on the right (south) side of the road, past the Waffle house, between National Car Rental and Chuy’s Resturant. Pull into the display lot full of storage sheds and wander through our inventory.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business since 1990.

Do you have some sample sheds so I can see the quality of your work?

We have about a dozen sheds on display on our lot. Our display lot is always open but unattended, which means you can inspect our sheds anytime – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year without an appointment. Our office and shop are also located on this property. If you see the gate open, please feel free to wander back and talk to us. Otherwise we won’t know you are here because we can’t see you from the shop area.

How long is the lead time when I order a shed?

Two days to two weeks is our usual lead time depending on our schedule and what you order. If you need building permits, add another week or two.

How long does it take to build a shed?

Depending on the size and location it usually takes one to two days to build most sheds, weather permitting. If it’s a really large or complicated shed it can take up to 5 days.

Are building required?

Most unincorporated areas of Pima County that are not in a county designated flood plain area allow sheds up to 200 sq.ft. without a needing building permits. Marana and Tucson only allow up to 120 sq.ft., then requires a building permit. Even if you shed doesn’t require a building permit, you must still follow property setback guidelines and homeowner association guidelines.

And in the City of Tucson, any structure over ten (10) square feet requires a “Zoning Compliance Certificate” at a cost of $65.00. This is different from a building permit. It certifies that the shed location is approved by the city. If you have any questions or complaints about this issue you can call the City of Tucson Development Services Department and talk to them about it.

Building a shed that requires a permit is not economical or realistic in most cases because permits for sheds cost from $300 to $500 depending on where you live and the value of the shed you are building, plus the cost of any additional requirements the city makes over and above our normal building standards.

Will you come out and look at my property and give me a written estimate?

Absolutely. Just call us at 579-0124 and we will come out, look at your storage situation, and give you a written price quote.

Do you require a deposit to place a shed order?

We do not require a deposit to order a shed. Payment is in full upon completion of your shed, which is almost always the same day. We only require a deposit on unusual shed orders.

What do I need to do to my site before you can build my new shed?

We need a clean and level building site. If you do not have electricity, please let us know when you order your shed so we can bring our generator.

Do you move sheds?

We refer shed move requests to Gary at Apache Towing. He does a good job at a reasonable price. His phone number is (520) 743-9403.

Sales Tax FAQ’s

We are a manufactured housing dealer and want to sell one of your sheds to one of our customers. Aren’t we exempt from paying sales tax?

Yes. We need you to complete only one form before scheduling construction of your building: an Arizona Form 5005 indicating you are a prime contractor who will pay the tax from your gross receipts.

We are a 501(c) non-profit organization, so aren’t we exempt from paying sales tax?

Arizona does not provide an overall exemption from transaction privilege tax (commonly referred to as a sales tax) for non-profit organizations. Generally, sales made to churches, schools and other non-profit organizations are subject to transaction privilege tax.[1] ARS 42-5075 requires a qualifying organization to provide its current letter of exemption and Form 5000 completed by an authorized representative of the organization, to any business from whom they request tax exemption.

What is a letter of exemption?

Arizona’s Transaction Privilege and Use Tax Audit Section issues an exemption letter, which includes exempt business classifications, to qualifying organizations on an annual basis in order to assist in the determining whether the organization is exempt from paying sales tax.[2] Because of our business classification (015 Contracting – Prime), a shed purchase typically does not meet this requirement, even for a tax-exempt organization. ARS 42-5075 places the burden of proof for exemption from sales tax on the purchaser, stating if the purchaser cannot establish the accuracy and completeness of the information, the purchaser is liable to pay the tax. We ask that you help us meet these statues by completing an Arizona Form 5000, and a copy of your exemption letter which includes exempt business classifications, before scheduling construction of your building.

But as a 501(c), we don’t pay federal or state income tax, so doesn’t that make us exempt from paying sales tax?

Exemptions exist for federal and state income tax, property tax, state or city transaction privilege tax. The Arizona Revised Statutes imposes the Transaction Privilege Tax on Arizona businesses in Title 42, Chapter 5, and grants exemptions differently than other government agencies. Because an entity is exempt from one type of tax, does not mean it is exempt from all types of taxes.[3] The Arizona Administrative Code Title 15 specifically states that construction projects (we’re a prime contractor, business classification 015) performed for a school, church or other non-profit organization, are subject to the tax.

Are you saying we may still need to pay sales tax?

Probably. Please note that these exemptions are available for sales by the tax-exempt organizations, not for sales to the tax-exempt organization. Additionally, Arizona tax law provides that certain specifically delineated organizations are exempt from transaction privilege tax under some business classifications.[4] Again, because of our business classification (015 Contracting – Prime), a shed purchase typically does not meet this requirement, even for a tax-exempt organization.

So we’re not exempt. How much sales tax do we have to pay?

According to ARS 42-5075, we are a prime contractor (business classification 015 Contracting – Prime), which means you still pay less than the retail tax rate. We collect state sales tax on only 65% of the price of the building. 35% of the price of our sheds is tax-free to all our customers. If you’re in the city limits, we must add their sales tax, again on only 65% of the price of the building. Additionally, our prices are very competitive to begin with!

Where can we look further information?

ARS 42-5075, the Arizona Administrative Code Title 15, Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax Procedure TPP 00-4 and Publications 500 and 501 that we cite are all available on-line. Go to www.azleg.state.az.us, www.azsos.gov, and www.revenue.state.az.us (for the last three), respectively. All these websites list phone numbers if you’d like to call them with questions regarding your particular situation.

[1] Arizona Department of Revenue Pub 501
[2] Arizona Department of Revenue Pub 500
[3] Arizona Department of Revenue Pub 501
[4] Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax Procedure TPP 00-4