Sports ground regulation

Sports ground regulation application

To receive further information about safety at sports grounds or to make an application with regard to the provision of a General Safety Certificate for a designated ground or regulated stand contact Building Control Services (The Regulator). For further information see Sports ground regulations.

Requirements for an application

An application for a General Safety Certificate for a designated ground or regulated stand must include details and address of the stadium, together with details of the individual or organisation who will manage the stadium. In particular details are required of the person who is proposed to be the holder of the requested General Safety Certificate together with their competency for acting as the holder of a General Safety Certificate.

The issuing of a General Safety Certificate for a designated ground or regulated stand requires consideration of a broad number of issues to ensure the health, safety, welfare and comfort of the spectators, these for example include the management of the stand or stadium, the level of stewarding available, means of escape in case of fire, together with the location of steps, standing areas, barriers and guarding, also the provision of toilets. Other important aspects of a General Safety Certificate are the need for scrutiny of safety systems and certification of elements, services and equipment.

Information on all the aspects that need to be considered under an application for a General Safety Certificate are discussed within the current fifth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds|External link (also known as the 'green' guide).

The time taken to process an application

Two (2) months from the deposit of the application.

Will tacit authorisation apply?

No.
It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, contact Building Control.

What might delay an application?

An incomplete application for a General Safety Certificate that does not address all the issues discussed in the current fifth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds|External link such as drawings of the stadium or stand, management procedures, stewarding plans, event plans, safety documents, risk assessment documentation, means of escape plans, or the lack of evidence to justify compliance with the guidance, or a lack of certification to prove that elements of the structure, safety barriers, services or equipment are safe effective and appropriate.

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Last Updated: 19/08/2016