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Safety certificates for sports grounds

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


To apply for a safety certificate, contact us (we don’t provide this service in Plymouth or Torbay).

You will also need to provide copies of the following documents:

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

If you need more information about the application process and the supporting documents required, please contact us.

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 an 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.

Amend a current certificate

If you wish to make changes to your current licence, please complete the application form.