Everything you need to know about a new tennis court

En Tout Cas have been building tennis courts for more than 100 years. Some aspects of the game have been remain unchanged while others have altered dramatically. Tennis has never been more popular and the appeal of a court in your own home is enduring. There are four eternal questions that our customers ask us:

  • How much space do I need for a tennis court
  • Do I need planning permission
  • What's involved in tennis court construction?
  • Which tennis court surface do I need?


Here is a guide to all four of these key issues.

How much ground do you need - the size of a tennis court

EnTC are tennis court construction specialists - part of the En Tout Cas group.One of the first and most obvious questions about tennis court construction, is how much space do you need? Just how big is a tennis court?

The dimensions of a tennis court have not changed since the game was regulated in 1875, even though almost every other aspect of the sport and its players has evolved.

The original dimensions were laid down in feet, but our plans show imperial and metric dimensions. In broad terms, the tennis court enclosed by a fence will occupy a space somewhere between 120 feet by 60 feet and 108 feet by 54 feet. A singles-only court can be accommodated in a space 45 feet wide.

Remember too that the orientation of the court is very important - no one want to be receiving serve facing into a bright sun.

Tennis court fencing plays an important part in the presentation and practicality of a tennis court. Our approach is to use our own design,elegant patented fences  complement the court and make it an attractive part of the garden.

READ MORE on fencing.

Tennis court size in metres - Elliott Courts - En Tout Cas
Tennis court size in feet - Elliott Courts - En Tout Cas

Why you might need planning consent for your tennis court…

Under normal circumstances, the construction of a tennis court does not require planning permission in the gardens behind a private house.

The planning rules for tennis courts come under and are specifically mentioned in the general rules for outbuildings which state that an enclosure below a height of three metres does not require planning consent.

There are just six reasons why you would need [planning permission for a tennis court.
The house is listed.
Permitted development rights have been removed.
The house is in an area of outstanding natural beauty or national park.
Significant civil engineering works are required.
It would be more than 50% of the garden,
It is not in the garden but in a field, for example

To find out more about planning issues, visit the planning portal, a government planing advice website.

EIGHT KEY REASONS for planning permission

Tennis court construction

Tennis court construction by EnTC
Preparation for building a tennis court.
Laying the surface of a new tennis court by Elliott Courts
Preparing the surface for a new tennis court.
Building a tennis court.
Elliott Courts - Tennis court construction
Marking out a tennis court surface

From foundations through to fence post finials, our approach is to build a tennis court that will give years of enjoyment, with the proper care.