Public safety

Temporary raised structures

If you are organising an event which will include the use of a temporary raised structure, you must obtain a permit under Section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

A 'raised structure' means a platform, stand, staging or other similar structure, which is 600mm or more above surrounding ground/floor level, and which provides seating or standing accommodation.

Temporary raised structures are often used at sports, musical, and corporate events. Examples include:

  • temporary grandstands providing seating or standing at golf, bowling, circus, pop concerts, hall staging, or boxing events,
  • stages at concerts,
  • temporary buildings, and
  • video screens and media platforms for cameramen.

The erection of temporary raised structures which do not require building warrant approval must be safe for the public on and around them.

Applying for a permit for temporary raised structures

You can apply for a permit to erect and use a temporary raised structure or structures:

Application for Permission to Erect and Use a Temporary Raised Structure (PDF)

Please follow all the guidance detailed in the application form.