Raised structures


If you are organising an event which will include the use of a temporary raised structure, then you will require a permit under Section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. A temporary raised structure in this context applies to any platform, staging, stand or similar structure to be used for seating or standing accommodation. It does not relate to a tented structure which is in direct contact with the ground but could apply if for any reason this is raised off the ground. Common examples of structures requiring permission are:

  • Temporary grandstands eg tiered seating at circuses, golf events etc.
  • Stages at concerts, highland games etc
  • Media platforms eg for cameramen
  • Siting of trailers etc for use as a stage
  • If it is proposed that the raised structure will remain in it's completed state for more than 28 days in any 12 month period, it will be necessary to make an application for a Building Warrant as required by Section 8 of the Building (Scotland) Acts 2003.

This licence may be subject to a fee of £100.

For further information, please contact Building Standards Service on 0300 1234510 or email: buildingstandards@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Eligibility Criteria

Applications should be lodged with Building Standards at the address shown below, together with:

  • The application fee of £100
  • A location plan giving the exact location of the proposed structure
  • If applicable, a drawing of the stage area in which PA equipment is to be located
  • A detailed plan of the raised structure drawn accurately to a scale of not less than 1:100 must be submitted with each application together with elevations and cross sections.
  • Design certificates or calculations for the proposed structure must also be submitted.

Regulation Summary

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, Section 89

A summary of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, Section 89 is available to view or download.

Application Evaluation Process

In terms of the Civic Government Act 1982, the Council has a period of six months to make a final decision on applications. In practice most applications take approximately 3 to 6 weeks to process.

Conditions may be attached to a consent.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or use the contact details below.

Apply for the erection and use of a raised structure

There are two ways of applying:

  • download an application form to be completed and submitted to the address shown.
  • apply online using the appropriate link.

Raised Structure application and notes for guidance   

Application for permission to use a raised structure - apply online

Should you wish to obtain further information, please contact us using the contact details provided.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Building Standards Team Leader  in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Building Standards Team Leader in the first instance.

Apply for completion certificate

Certificate of completion application for raised structures

For further information contact:

Building Standards
East Dunbartonshire Council
Southbank House
Strathkelvin Place
G66 1XQ

Tel: 0300 1234510

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Customer Centre.