A hanging scaffold is a scaffold hung from a structure that is static in the vertical plane; it cannot be raised or lowered by any means. Hanging scaffolds can be hung from tubes, wire ropes, ropes or chains etc.

Hanging scaffolds are classified as a special duty scaffold and should be designed and notified as such.

Hanging scaffold foundations are opposite to that of a standing scaffold. Particular attention must be paid to whether the structure the hanging scaffold is to be attached to is able to support the hanging scaffold and its intended loads.