Sports ground safety certificates

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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 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.

Safety certificate for sports stands

If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales which is not designated as requiring a safety certificate, you will 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
  • 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

One certificate may cover more than one stand.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.

Contact details

Mail Environment, Housing and Neighbourhood Dept., Public Protection Service, Davyfield Road Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 267688
Fax Number(s) 01254 267672
E-mail environmental.health@blackburn.gov.uk
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