Do I have enough room for a tennis court?

A standard domestic tennis court will normally be quoted at 33.5m long x 16.5m wide (110' x 54') and is an available option for clients where there are restrictions in the available space.

However here Peter A Housden we use and quote a standard installation court size of 114’ x 56’ (34.7m x 17.06m). This more accurate figure is the measurement from corner to corner of the surround fencing.

Being tennis court construction specialists we would also recommend and look to include a margin of stone around the perimeter of the court to discourage weed encroachment.

A further space consideration should be given by those proposing to install a court on an area with an incline. In such cases we strongly recommend the provision of space for suitable banks or retaining walls.

How long does it take to construct a new tennis court?

A with most bespoke undertakings, there is not a simple catch all answer to this question.

While a standard court is usually constructed within 3 weeks. There is a “down time” period of 10-14 days after the new surface has been laid to allow for curing before it can be played upon.

It should also be remembered that the time required for pre-construction work can vary from one site to another. Initial earthworks will usually depend on the volume of earth movement involved, any necessary tree-work needed, stump removal etc. Retaining walls may also need to be constructed before court construction can begin.

Can you construct a new tennis court all year round?

By using the correct equipment, materials and procedures court construction can be carried out all year round. Obviously, severe weather will cause unavoidable delays.

Crucially, the actual surface laying is weather dependant and will require two fine days of 12-13 °C minimum to obtain a satisfactory closed finish.

What is the lead-time for the construction of a new court?

As you will appreciate, the lead-time for the construction a new court can be variable depending on our current workload and other commitments, but we are more than often able to accommodate our clients preferred scheduling.

Do I need planning permission for a private court in my garden?

Planning permission is not usually required to put in a new tennis court, as long as it is within the curtilage of what is classed as your garden.

It should be noted however that there may be an issue with the fencing, as it will be above the allowed height of 2 metres, (2.75m being the standard height of a court surround). You will therefore need to check this with your local planning office. You will also need to apply for “change of use” if you looking to site the tennis court in a paddock or other agricultural area.

How long does planning permission take?

The length of time that planning applications for proposed tennis courts to be processed may vary, but from past experience we would recommend that you allow for a minimum of around two months.

What do you do with the soil you excavate?

We generally try to use excavated soil within the make-up of the proposed tennis court area. The top-soil being used on banks and for surrounding profiles and the lower sub-soil to form a levelled flat area to which the new tennis court is built upon. Excess soil can be removed from site if not required, but this will add extra cost to the overall project.

How often does my new court need to be cleaned?

Once a new court is constructed, it should not require much maintenance for the initial couple of years. Our guarantee will cover treatment of any weeds that appear (and this is very unlikely), if any, within the first year. Court cleaning may be required once a year if the tennis court area is prone to moss or algae.

Once constructed, a new Peter A Housden court should only require minimal maintenance for the initial couple of years.

Our guarantee will cover treatment of any weeds that appear (and this is very unlikely), if any, within the first year.

However as with all projects of this nature, court cleaning may be required once a year if the tennis court area is prone to moss or algae.

What time of year do you recommend for or carry out colour spaying?

To insure the quality of our work and avoid disappointing delays our colour spraying season runs from the end of April to the end of September.

Here at Peter Housden & Sons there are a number of questions that we are regularly asked regarding the installation of new tennis courts as well as those related to existing tennis courts that need refurbishment or maintenance.


To help with your research or address some of the queries you may have we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions that we receive.


If however you have any questions that are not covered or simply looking for further friendly and expert advice on the construction, refurbishment or maintenance of a tennis court, please feel free to contact us by phone or using the following link.