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Sports ground safety certificate

Sports ground safety certificate

If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales which is not designated as requiring a safety certificate, you'll still require a safety certificate for any covered stand that holds 500 or more spectators.

A safety certificate may be either:

  • a general safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing an activity, or a number of activities, specified in the certificate for an indefinite period which starts on a specified date
    (To be eligible for a general safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the management of the ground.)
  • a special safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing a certain specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions
    (To be eligible for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion.)

One certificate may cover more than one stand.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If it is not provided within the permitted time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.


Middlesbrough Council will determine if any stand in their area is a regulated stand. If it is determined to be regulated stand, a notice will be served on the person who appears would qualify to be issued with a general safety certificate. The notice will give details of their determination and the effects of the determination.

If the council receives an application for a special safety certificate for a regulated stand, they must determine if the applicant qualifies for the issue of a certificate.


Middlesbrough Council must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate, and any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

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

Read more about the relevant legislation.
How to apply

You can apply for a sports ground safety certificate online

Tell us about a change to your existing registration

What happens next?

You won't be able to use the stand until your safety certificate has been granted. Please contact the council if you've had no response within a reasonable period. Three months' notice will be required to apply for a certificate.

Redress information

Please contact Middlesbrough Council in the first instance.


Any applicant who is refused a general safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates' court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may appeal to the Magistrates' court against a refusal based on any grounds other than a decision that they aren't an eligible person.


Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, may appeal to the Magistrates court.


Any person who is served with a notice determining that a sports stand is a regulated sports stand may appeal to the local Magistrates' court.


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

Customer complaint

If you're a customer of a licensed/registered premises and wish to complain about the service or products sold, we would advise you to contact the trader in the first instance to resolve the matter.

Trade Associations

Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA)

Downloads

Safety at sports grounds: enforcement policy
Safety at sports grounds: general safety certification policy
Safety at sports ground: monitoring and inspection policy