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Building Standards

Raised Structures

Comhairle Nan Eilean Building Standards is responsible for inspecting raised structures and issuing consent to use such structures in their geographic area under section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

This consent is required for all raised structures which take the form of a platform, stand, staging or other similar structures, common examples of structures requiring permission are:

  • temporary tiered seating at sporting events or circuses;
  • staging at rock festivals and concerts;
  • media platforms e.g. for cameramen;
  • siting of trailers for use as a stage.

To apply you must complete an application for a Raised Structure Permit. See link to forms and guidance below. The application form must be completed and accompanied with the following:

  • plans and specification detailing the sizes and types of materials used in the structure;
  • where relevant, the details of escape routes, position of exit signs and lighting;
  • stair details (rise, going, pitch handrail provision etc.);
  • the correct fee.

When the raised structure has been erected a sign off certificate, see below, must be signed by a competent person experienced in erecting such structures and submitted to Building Standards.
Any person or party who uses or permits the use of a raised structure for the purpose of providing for her/himself or others raised accommodation without approval; or contravenes a condition in a notice served on them by the local authority, is guilty of an offence and may be liable, on a summary conviction, to a fine.

Form and Guidance Notes: