Sports ground safety certificate

If you operate a sports ground that holds more than 10,000 spectators, you may be required to hold a safety certificate under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

Safety certificates are issued by the council.

Read more about safety certificates at GOV.UK

1. How to apply

Apply for a new sport ground safety certificate Apply online
Make changes to an existing safety certificate Change online

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the Guide to safety at sports grounds giving detailed guidance on calculating how many spectators can be safely accommodated within the viewing area of a sports ground, and advice on measures to improve safety. Whilst the guide has no statutory force, many of its recommendation will be given the force of law at individual grounds by their inclusion in the safety certificate.

Eligibility Criteria

The premises or sports ground must be named as a designated sports ground by the Secretary of State.

To be eligible for a safety certificate, you must be likely to be in a position to enforce the terms and conditions of a certificate.

Find out more about applying by post

2. What happens next

Application evaluation process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the council within 28 calendar days or the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

We will consider whether the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a certificate, the council must determine if the person to whom the certificate is being transferred would qualify for the issue of a certificate, if they made an application. The current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred may make the application.

Whether applying for a new certificate or making a transfer application, the council must send copies of the application to the relevant authorities.

You must comply with terms or conditions attached to the certificate.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply to this application. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

If you haven't heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

To obtain a hard copy of the application, please contact the Licensing team.

3. Further information

Trade Associations

View the public register

View the public register online

You can also view a copy of the register at the council's offices during normal office hours. Please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.

Making an appeal

View information on appeals and complaints

Please contact the Licensing authority in the first instance.

Licence holders may appeal to the Magistrates' court against a condition attached to their safety certificate, the omission of anything from their certificate or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate. They may also appeal to the county court against an order of the Magistrate's court.

Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the certificate may appeal to the Magistrates' court against any condition attached to the certificate, the omission of anything from the certificate or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.


Last updated: 12 September 2016
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