I'm currently using this command to create new SharePoint modern communication sites:

New-PnPSite -Type CommunicationSite -Owner me@acme.com -SiteDesign Blank -Lcid 1044 -Title "My site" -Url https://acme.sharepoint.com/sites/my_site

I've yet to find how to set the timezone for new sites, as there doesn't seem to be no timezone flag. Is there anything I'm missing here? How does others set timezone for new sites?

  • try this and let me know if it works for you. Mar 23 '20 at 11:37

You could use use New-SPOSite to create new SharePoint modern communication sites with timezone:

New-SPOSite -Url https://acme.sharepoint.com/sites/my_site -Owner me@acme.com -Template "SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0" -StorageQuota 2048 -Title "Communication" -TimeZoneId 13 -LocaleID 1044

References: https://www.sharepointdiary.com/2016/06/sharepoint-online-create-site-collection-using-powershell.html


  • Thanks, it worked.
    – kenneho
    Mar 31 '20 at 9:41
  • You could accept the answer if it helps you:) Mar 31 '20 at 9:47

Using PnP-PowerShell, you can do it like below:

$adminUrl = "https://<tenant>-admin.sharepoint.com"
$newSiteUrl = "https://<tenant>.sharepoint.com/sites/Pensaerniaeth" 
$ownerEmail = "<your.name@your.email.com>"

$siteTitle = "Pensaerniaeth"                # Translates to "Architecture" - Bing Translator
$siteTemplate = "SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0"      # Communication Site Template
$lcid = 1106                                # Welsh (https://capa.ltd/mui-lcids)
$timeZone = 2                               # London (https://capa.ltd/sp-timezones)

Connect-PnPOnline -Url $adminUrl -NoTelemetry
New-PnPTenantSite -Template $siteTemplate -Title $siteTitle -Url $newSiteUrl -Lcid $lcid -Owner $ownerEmail -TimeZone $timeZone


Create Communication Sites with a specific primary language using PnP PowerShell.

  • Thansk, but New-PnPTenantSite seems to create classic sites only, while I'm looking to create modern sites.
    – kenneho
    Mar 24 '20 at 6:26
  • I have tried using this command to create communication site and it works fine. try it and let me know if you found any issue (don't get confused because of documentation). Mar 24 '20 at 11:38
  • Thanks, it did in fact work. Strange, because when I tried it some days ago I got a classic site. I assume it's the "template" flag that made the difference, in that perhaps the command defaults to classic site when no flag i provided (which was the case for my test a few days ago). "New-SPOsite" seems to work fine as well though.
    – kenneho
    Mar 31 '20 at 9:24
  • You are right, we need to mention the site template. glad it worked for you. Please Upvote(^) and accept as an Answer as it helped you. Mar 31 '20 at 11:11

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