Building a padel court, guide on: dimensions, permits and costs


Emma Potter

What are the measurements of a padel court

A padel court has specific dimensions that guarantee its regularity and correct play. The standard measurements of a padel court are 10 meters wide For 20 meters long.

The field is divided into two halves of one 88cm high net in the centre and 92cm on the sides. The posterior and lateral walls, generally in glass or opaque materialthey have a’height of 3 meterswhile metal fences can reach 4 meters.

The lines they must be 5 centimeters wide. In the covered fields, theMinimum free height from the ceiling must be 6 metres over the entire surface of the field.

These dimensions are essential to ensure a uniform playing experience and comply with international padel regulations.

What land is needed to build a padel court

To build a padel court, it is essential to choose the right terrain. The ideal surface must be flat and well drained to avoid water stagnation. The ground must be stable and compact to ensure the durability and safety of the field.

Usually, one is used concrete or asphalt base as a foundation, on top of which a synthetic grass or acrylic resin surface is laid, both resistant to atmospheric agents. It is also essential to provide an efficient drainage system to prevent structural damage and keep the course in optimal condition all year round.

What permits are needed to build a padel court

To build a padel courtyou need to obtain permits.

Permission to build: the construction of a padel court is considered as “new construction” pursuant to theArticle 3, letter e) of the Presidential Decree of 6 June 2001, n. 380. This is necessary because the installation of the structures (cement screed, synthetic fiber carpet, tempered glass barriers) involves a permanent change in the material state and conformation of the ground.

Landscape authorization: if the padel court is located in an area subject to landscape restrictions, it is necessary to obtain a specific landscape authorization pursuant to thearticle 146 of Legislative Decree 42/2004 (“Cultural Heritage and Landscape Code”). This authorization cannot be issued as an amnesty after completion, except in cases of “minor abuse” specified by theart. 167, paragraphs 4 and 5of the same legislative decree.

Seismic authorization: compliance with anti-seismic construction regulations is required, which includes obtaining prior seismic authorisation. The lack of such authorization excludes the possibility of amnesty pursuant to theformer articles 36 and 45 Presidential Decree 6 June 2001, n. 380.

Verification of the intended use of the land: the construction of sports facilities such as padel courts it is not permitted in agricultural areas. Construction is only possible on land designated for sports activities and with the presentation of a SCIA, provided that it does not involve the creation of volume.

How much does it cost to make a padel court?

Building a padel court involves an initial investment, which it can vary between 15 thousand and 20 thousand euros (source FITP 2018) depending on various factors.

The cost mainly depends on the quality of the materials used for the structure and covering of the pitch, as well as the choice of lights, nets and other accessory equipment. There soil preparationpossibly with excavation and leveling work, also affects the budget.

It is also important to consider the expenses for the necessary authorizations and the costs of periodic maintenance to guarantee the durability of the system over time.