How to create SharePoint list using Site Design and Power Automate

This article demonstrates how to create a Site design and add it to your SharePoint domain and apply it using Apply Site Design action.

Firstly, let’s check how to create a site design. We’ll check an example of a site design that adds a list to a site.

How to create a site design that adds a list to a site

I use this website sitedesigner.io to create a site design that adds a list to a SharePoint site.

There is a friendly user interface where you can add the elements. The system will generate a script automatically to add this design.

Let’s say I want to create a site design that adds a list with employees. The list has several fields:

Full name, Job Title, Department, Office, Work Phone and Work Email

This is how the scheme looks

Site design scheme

Then I can export the site design to a power shell script

Export site desugn PowerShell script export

This is the site design JSON:

{
 "$schema": "schema.json",
 "actions": [
     {
         "verb": "setRegionalSettings",
         "locale": 1033,
         "sortOrder": 25
     },
     {
         "verb": "addPrincipalToSPGroup",
         "principal": "ContosoAdmins",
         "group": "Visitors"
     },
     {
         "verb": "createSPList",
         "listName": "Employees",
         "templateType": 100,
         "subactions": [
             {
                 "displayName": "Full name",
                 "internalName": "fullName",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "displayName": "Job Title",
                 "internalName": "jobTitle",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "displayName": "Department",
                 "internalName": "department",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "displayName": "Office",
                 "internalName": "office",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "displayName": "Work Phone",
                 "internalName": "workPhone",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "displayName": "Work Email",
                 "internalName": "workEmail",
                 "isRequired": true,
                 "addToDefaultView": false,
                 "fieldType": "Text",
                 "enforceUnique": false,
                 "verb": "addSPField"
             },
             {
                 "verb": "setTitle",
                 "title": "employees"
             }
          ]
       }
   ],
   "bindata": {},
   "version": 1
 }

Note

You can download the sample JSON and PowerShell script or just make you own JSON or PS script to add a site design.

How to add a site design to your SharePoint tenant

Now, when we have the PowerShell script we can add this site design to a SharePoint tenant.

Then I start PowerShell under administrator account and run the script. The report shows that the script is added to the site.

PowerShell report

Also, I can see that the site design is available in the list of the designs

Designs list

How to apply a site design to a SharePoint site using Apply Site Design action

Our site design creates a list of employees. We can apply the site to any existing site.

This is a simple flow to do this:

Apply site design

You can use the action with Site Design ID too. To get the ID you can use a PowerShell command Get-SPOSiteDesign

Get Site design ID

Then use the ID in the action

Apply site design with ID

After running the flow the site is updated and the new list appears in the site contents

Apply site design result

Conclusion

Apply Site Design action is a useful tool to modify your sites: apply small changes or even complex projects.