If you operate a designated sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales that accommodates more than 10,000 spectators, you will require to hold a safety certificate.
A safety certificate is issued by the local authority for the area in which the sports ground is situated.
A safety certificate may be:
- a general safety certificate issued for the use of a sports ground for an activity or a number of activities specified in the certificate during an indefinite period
- a special safety certificate for the use of a sports ground for an activity or a number of activities specified in the certificate on a specified occasion or specified series of occasions or
- a safety certificate for a stand at a sports ground which provides covered accommodation for 500 or more spectators.
A safety certificate must contain terms and conditions that the local authority consider are either necessary or expedient to secure reasonable safety at a sports ground.
The holder of a certificate must comply with all of the terms and conditions attached to the certificate. Failure to comply with the certificate's terms and conditions is an offence.
A safety certificate must also have attached to it a plan of the sports ground to which the certificate relates.