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Permission to use a raised structure

Any person who uses or permits the use of a raised structure or structures for the purpose of providing for themselves or others raised accommodation requires the approval of South Ayrshire Council under Section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

A "Raised Structure" means a platform, stand, staging or any similar structure which provides seating or standing accommodation. South Ayrshire Council, Building Standards Service consider a "Raised Structure" to be a structure which is 600mm or more above surrounding ground/floor level. Examples include a temporary grandstand, temporary seating at golf, bowling, circus, pop concerts, hall staging, boxing etc.

How to apply

The links below take you to another website which processes these applications on behalf of South Ayrshire Council

What happens next?

Applicants must provide an Application Form (Form 89-1), information and plans to South Ayrshire Council within the time specified. A "Design Certificate for the Erection of a Raised Structure" (Form 89-2), signed by a Full Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers or the Institution of Structural Engineers will also normally be required.

South Ayrshire Council will then consider the application, and request any further information and drawings from the applicant thought necessary.

As part of the statutory application process, a copy of the application form, and all drawings, certification and information will be sent to Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.

Following construction of the raised structure, a "Certificate of Completion of Erection and Inspection of a Raised Structure (Form 89-3), signed by a Full Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers or the Institution of Structural Engineers must be submitted.

Normally 24 hours notice will be given to South Ayrshire Council Building Standards Service that a raised structure has been constructed and is ready for inspection. Following a successful inspection, a "Consent to Use a Raised Structure" (Form 89-4) will be issued to the applicant. It should be noted that this permission is not valid until all the conditions contained in the Schedule are complied with.

It is in the public interest that the South Ayrshire Council must process your application before it can be granted. We would expect to process your application within 14 calendar days or 10 working days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Tacit Consent does apply. If you have not received a response within six months you may act as if a licence has been granted.

Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first instance.

Consumer complaints

If you wish to complain about a licence holder then please use the contact details below.

Who to contact

Building Standards
South Ayrshire Council
Burns House
Ayr KA7 1UT
Tel: 01292 616159

Trade Associations

Not applicable