Registration & Licensing

Safety Certificates For Sports Grounds

We have a statutory duty under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the Fire Safety and Places of Sport Act 1987 to issue General and Special Safety Certificates for ‘designated sports grounds’ and ‘regulated’ stands in Somerset.

If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales that holds more than 10,000 spectators, you may be required to hold a safety certificate.

A safety certificate may be either:

  • A general safety certificate issued for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity, or activities, during a indefinite period
  • A special safety certificate for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity or activities on a specified occasion or occasions

To apply for safety certificate, please fill out this form (PDF). You will also need to provide copies of the following documents:

  • Location/site plan
  • Risk assessment
  • Contingency plans
  • Safety policy for spectators
  • Electrical certificate

Please contact us for more details of exactly what you will need provide in support of your application. In most cases we would advice people to contact us before applying, due to the specialist nature of safety at sports ground legislation.

What happens next?

If we need to carry out further enquiries or need more information we will contact you direct. The officer responsible for the enquiry will give you their name and telephone number as well as a reference number. After this we will be in contact with you regularly to keep you informed or to let you know that our enquiries are complete and the outcome.

How long does it take?

Once we have received all the necessary documentation from you it can take up to 90 working days for us to deal with your application due to the number of consultations and inspections we have to undertake.

You can download the application form by clicking here (PDF).
If you wish to make changes to your current license, please contact us and/or use this form (PDF).