In partnership with other public organisations we are working towards ensuring a safer community through the safety at sports grounds legislation. We check and inspect large sports stadia within the Borough.
If your sports ground has a covered stand which seats 500 spectators or more you will need to apply for a safety certificate.
If you operate a sports ground that holds more than 10,000 spectators, you will need to apply for a safety certificate.
A safety certificate will specify the conditions of use of the Sports Ground.
There is no charge.
You will need to supply strategies, plans and risk assessments demonstrating that adequate provisions will be made for the safety of spectators.
Guidance documents are available from the Communities and Local Government website.
We will inspect the sports ground from time to time, sometimes this will be during a performance or an event.
The time taken to issue a certificate can vary depending upon the quality of the documentation provided and complexity of the proposals. We would expect to reply to you within about six weeks of receipt.
Yes, you can appeal to the magistrates court.
A safety certificate is reviewed at least once per year.
It may be updated in order to accommodate alterations to the structure of the Sports Ground or it may be revised as a result of changes to the way the sports ground is used.
The following organisations have helpful information on their websites:
Communities and Local Government.
Football Licencing Authority