Basketball Rings

Placement

Will it be attached to a single skin, (or single layer), of brickwork?

Although you do not need a permit to install a basketball ring, this location really is not safe.  A basketball ring takes a lot of impact, even without hanging the entire weight of a near-grown teenager or adult off the thin circle of metal. Most structures, particularly brickwork found in garages, fences and house facades, are not built with that kind of impact resistance in mind.  The Victorian Building Authority strongly recommends that you don’t try to hang or swing off a household basketball ring at all as it may cause serious injury and damage to your home.

Please consult the VBA factsheet for some guidelines on basketball ring safety. Consult a structural engineer to be sure that wherever you install the basketball ring is safe. To find a structural engineer try the Victorian Building Authority’s registered building practitioner search, and look for ‘civil’ engineers.

If you have already installed a basketball ring onto a structure with a single-layer or single-skin of brickwork like a garage or a fence, please take it down as quickly as safely possible.

Will it be attached to a freestanding pole?

No permit is required to install your basketball ring, but it should ideally be attached to a pole with at least the strength of galvanised steel and meet the following criteria:

  • The pole should be at least 90mm in diameter with a 5mm wall thickness
  • It should be set at least 800mm (80cm) deep into a solid concrete footing
  • This concrete slab should be at least 500mm (50cm) x 500mm, and at least 1000mm (1m) in depth

Please consult the factsheet from the Victorian Building Authority for details on safety minimums for basketball ring installation. If in any doubt consult a structural engineer. To find a structural engineer try the Victorian Building Authority’s registered building practitioner search, and look for ‘civil’ engineers.

Contact the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) on 1300 815 127 or e-mail: customerservice@vba.vic.gov.au, for further questions.

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Last updated: 11 October 2016