Annual playground inspections

The British and European safety standard BS EN1176 and the Health and Safety Executive strongly recommend that all play areas have at least one inspection every year from an independent suitably qualified body such as RoSPA.

Children's playgrounds should be inspected annually by an independent specialist to ensure the long term safety of the site, equipment and ancillary items. This will also meet legal and insurance responsibilities as well as complying with the requirements of EN1176 (the European Playground Standard).

In order to provide an economical service for towns, small communities, schools and commercial organisations, RoSPA undertake inspections at reduced rates in different areas during set dates. Please note, these are unaccompanied visits. Reduced fees do not apply outside of the reduced rate schedule. Scotland, N Ireland and Greater London inspections do not fall into the reduced rate schedule and our standard fees apply. Please contact us for a price. To meet with the inspector, extra charges will apply. Get in touch for more details.

A written report is supplied covering site safety and condition, equipment, surfacing, and ancillary item safety and condition, and compliance with EN1176 where relevant. Recommendations for any remedial action required are given together with risk ratings for each item.

The cost for Parish, Town and Community Councils is £70.00 + VAT. The cost for Schools and Commercial organisations is £98.00 + VAT. These costs are to inspect up to 5 items of play equipment. There is a fee of £3.50 plus VAT per extra item for each additional play item over 5. For full details please open the Play Safety Inspections Brochure. Please book inspections before the start of the first reduced rate month for your area.

In order to avoid forgetting to order your annual inspection you can place a "Standing Order" for an inspection every year until further notice. Please indicate on the relevant section of the Play Safety Inspection Services Order Form or email us if you wish to sign up for automatic inspections each year. Written notification of the impending inspection will be sent out several weeks in advance in second and subsequent years in case you wish to alter, or cancel, any of the arrangements.

RoSPA inspections are acceptable for insurance purposes.

We regret that it is not possible to have a meeting with the inspector without an extra fee of £42.00.

New playgrounds should be subject to a post-installation inspection on completion as part of any contract and the cost met by the installer.

How to Order

  1. Download and print the Play Safety Inspection Services Order Form.
  2. Tick the options you require.
  3. Fill in your details (including address for correspondence)
  4. Send completed forms at least one month before the inspection is due to:
RoSPA Playsafety,
Unit 78 Shrivenham Hundred Business Park,
Tel: +44 (0)1793 317470
Fax: +44 (0)1793 317465
E-mail: [email protected]

N.B. It is important that you provide a postcode for the play area(s) and a contact name and number.

All orders are subject to our standard terms and conditions. A copy is available here.

Contact Us

Playsafety Ltd *
+44 (0)1793 317470
[email protected]
Unit 78, Shrivenham Hundred Business Park, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TY
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* RoSPA’s activities in the area of play safety are carried out under an exclusive licence arrangement by an independent and highly experienced specialist company, “Playsafety Ltd” which trades under such licence as “RoSPA Play Safety”.