SAPIA Code of Practice for the Construction, Surfacing and Maintenance of Sports Courts

The SAPIA Code of Practice for Sports Courts was adapted from our UK sister association’s Code of Practice for Tennis Courts ( and modified for Australasian conditions and Standards. Our intention in producing this document is to provide prospective clients and specifiers with guidance on the basic construction requirements and specifications currently employed in building sports courts. SAPIA provides this document free of charge as a downloadable PDF (see below) or hard copies may be purchased for $30 each including postage within Australasia. When choosing a sports court construction or surfacing contractor, refer to the SAPIA Member Directory for current member details, or contact the SAPIA Office on 1800 208 202 (AUS) or 0800 208 202 (NZ).
SAPIA Code of Practice for Sports Courts

Guide Specifications for Tennis Court Construction

SAPIA authored the Guide Specifications for Tennis Court Construction and makes it available here  free of charge. The Guide includes information on planning, design, orientation, dimensions, gradients, drainage, surfaces, bases, fencing, lighting and accessories. Since building or resurfacing one or more tennis courts is not only relatively expensive but also a long term investment, special care should be taken in the selection of professionals involved in the project. We recommend using only accredited SAPIA Builder Members.

Tennis Queensland’s Technical Manual

The Technical Manual for the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Tennis Facilities, compiled by the Tennis Queensland Technical Services Advisory Group, aims to provide all current and future tennis court owners with knowledge about the intricacies of tennis court specific construction. SAPIA members were a part of this Advisory Group. The document states that affiliated clubs and associations are encouraged to invite quotes from members of the Sports Constructors Association (the forerunner of SAPIA). It is available on Tennis Queensland’s website or download the document here:

Code of Practice for Residential Tennis Court Lighting – View Here

Victorian Government’s Code of Practice for Private Tennis Courts

This code was prepared in response to the need for a consistent approach to planning controls over private tennis courts throughout the State. The Code seeks to encourage better designed tennis courts which are compatible with nearby residential development. It aims to: encourage the sensitive location of private tennis courts; encourage good-quality, cost-effective design; make requirements for tennis courts more consistent; respect adjoining amenity through appropriate design; and maintain visual amenity standards – view here

Netball Victoria has published Netball Court Planning Guide

Western Australia’s Department of Sport and Recreation has prepared a very useful guide on Sports Dimensions


Our May 2023 update includes information on:
Wet Pour Rubber
Artificial Grass
Natural Turf
Loose Fill
Unitary Products
Multi-Layered Unitary Systems

as well as new sections on infill migration mitigation, construction best practice, shade and end of life options.

This document is offered free of charge as a PDF below:

The SAPIA Code of Practice for IAS – May 2023 Update

or for the printing and postage charge of AUD25.00 within Australia. Email to order.



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The Sports & Play Industry Association is delighted to announce the launch of the SAPIA Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Impact Attenuating Surfacing Systems, Part 1: Wet Pour Rubber Safety Surfacing for Playgrounds.

As the recognised Australian trade association, SAPIA fosters excellence, professionalism and continuous improvement throughout the sports and play construction industry, in order to provide the high quality facilities necessary for the success and safety of Australian sport and recreation. SAPIA has produced this Code of Practice, the first in a series of topics relating to sports and playground construction, to provide prospective clients and specifiers with guidance on the basic construction requirements, specifications and maintenance currently employed in constructing wet pour impact attenuating surfacing in playgrounds. This document calls on the experience of our member companies who have constructed a wide range of installations for a variety of clients over many years. The requirements of the relevant Australian Standards are also incorporated, where appropriate, in the document.  It is hoped that it will prove useful in the selection of an appropriate system and surface and form a useful reference in the design and construction process.

We offer this document free of charge to download (see below). Printed copies are also available to purchase at a cost of $25 each, including postage. Contact the SAPIA office on 1800 208 202 or for more information or to discuss your particular requirements.

As noted in the Code, we highly recommend the engagement of an experienced contractor, preferably one who is a SAPIA member, for all aspects of playground design, construction and installation.

Superceded: The SAPIA Code of Practice for IAS Part 1