Anyone for tennis?

Top tips for installing a tennis courtThe game has broader appeal now than ever before, and if you enjoy the game, what greater luxury than to have a tennis court installed in your grounds?

Do you need planning permission?

You will not generally require planning permission to install a tennis court in your garden, or a piece of land you own.

However, like all things involving some form of construction, there could be little things hidden in the local planning laws of your area you may be unaware of. For instance, erecting a fence around the tennis court could need planning permission as these fences tend to be higher than six feet. If you intend to build your tennis court on a piece of land other than your garden, check that it is not classed as agricultural land, as you will need permission to change it. Likewise, if your house is a listed building, you may need permission, while installing floodlights will almost certainly require planning permission.

There could be many other features of a tennis court that may break local planning laws. A phone call or visit to your Local Planning Authority could save you from making expensive and time-consuming mistakes.


Preparing the ground for a tennis court is one of the most important aspects of tennis court installation, and how much work goes into the preparation will depend on the condition of the chosen site.

To make sure the court remains entirely flat for many years, and to avoid problems that could affect play, proper drainage of the tennis court will require a sublayer to be placed under the playing surface.

The surface

You might want to lay a grass surface as this will give them the experience of playing on the same surface as many Wimbledon champions have over the years. However, grass courts are the most expensive to lay and require more maintenance than other surfaces. However, artificial surfaces have developed enough to give players the feeling of grass. The artificial surface needs far less maintenance than grass courts. Clay courts require less court care but will need replacing every five years or so.

How much does it cost to install a tennis court?

The cost of installing a tennis court depends on many factors. The type of surface plays a large part in how much it costs to install a tennis court. Grass and clay being the most expensive, with artificial grass being the cheapest.

Other factors can affect the cost of tennis court installation. How far your home is from a road or the condition of your chosen site could be a significant factor in increasing costs.

Prices range from between £15,000 to £50,000, and there are plenty of companies out there who will provide you with a competitive price, so it is worth shopping around. Installation costs are only part of the price of owning a tennis court. The ongoing costs of maintenance should be considered.

If the hassle of installing a tennis court is not what you need, then naturally the alternative is to find a house with a tennis court already installed.

Contact us to help with your search for the perfect home in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas or find out more about our buying services.

About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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