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Shops, restaurants and leisure facilities – places where goods or services are sold but not made – are commercial buildings.  Their construction has its own process and requirements.

Construction crews are made up of teams of specialists, and commercial construction projects may call on any of all of the teams needed for residential, industrial, or heavy civil construction projects. For example, a golf course or ski resort will often require the earth moving skills found in heavy civil construction while hotels and boarding houses tend to have requirements that are slightly closer to residential properties.

Types of commercial buildings


The line between commercial and industrial construction can be blurry, and the crossover is often in the light industrial area. For example, a shoe-repair shop is commercial, a large shoe-making factory is industrial – but an artisan making shoes by hand may fall into either category. Commercial buildings include:

  • Shops of all sizes, including supermarkets and big-box stores
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Offices
  • Leisure facilities such as cinemas, bowling alleys and opera houses
  • Malls and leisure centers
  • Theme parks, zoos and other activity centers
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Sporting facilities, from golf courses to football stadiums
  • Municipal buildings such as court houses, libraries and police stations

For a complete list and more information of types of commercial real estate, visit the Property Types and Styles page.

Particular issues with commercial construction


The blurry line between commercial and industrial building doesn’t alter the techniques used in construction but it can complicate zoning issues and building regulations. Queries can usually be resolved by asking at the planning office directly. Other commercial construction issues may include:

  • Additional planning and safety regulations – for example, for restaurant kitchens
  • Often working in densely populated areas, such as a town center or main shopping street
  • Working in restricted spaces
  • Working at unusual hours in order to not interrupt nearby businesses or disturb neighbors
  • Repurposing units intended for one use to another, very different one
  • Health and safety both for workers and the public – including fire escapes and capacity limits
  • Accessibility – as commercial properties are usually open to the general public, then need to be accessible to everyone

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