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You must hold a safety certificate if you operate a designated sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales that holds more than 10,000 spectators, or a Premier League or Football League ground in England and Wales that holds more than 5,000 spectators.

To obtain an application form for a safety certificate, you should contact the local authority in which your ground is situated. Your application may be subject to a fee.

You may apply for either:

  • a general safety certificate to allow the sports ground to be used for a specified activity or activities over an indefinite period
  • a special safety certificate to permit the sports ground to be used for a specified activity or activities on specified occasions

You will be required to return your application to the local authority with detailed information regarding the structure, capacity and your safety management systems. You may also have to provide a scale plan of the ground and additional information as required. You must provide this within the time specified.

You must comply with the terms and conditions attached to the certificate, such as keeping safety maintenance or attendance records.

You may apply to have your safety certificate amended, replaced or transferred to another suitable person.

If you hold a general safety certificate, you must notify the local authority before extending, or altering the sports ground or installations - for example, by changing the entrances or exits.

You must allow authorised officers to inspect your sports ground and take copies of your records at any reasonable time.

Failure to comply with the safety certificate requirements may result in a fine and/or imprisonment for up to two years.