Sports ground safety certificate

If you operate a sports ground in Trafford that holds more than 10,000 spectators; or up to 5,000 spectators in respect of sports grounds at which association football matches are played, 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: or
  • a special safety certificate for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity or activities on a specified occasion or occasions

Safety certificates are issued by Trafford Council for grounds in Trafford and may contain such terms and conditions as we consider necessary or expedient to secure spectator safety at the sports ground; for example: management requirements, first aid provision, strength of structural elements.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a safety certificate:

  • The ground must have been designated a sports ground by the Secretary of State; and
  • You must be a person likely to be in a position to prevent contravention of the terms and conditions of a certificate if issued.

Regulation summary

Application process

On receipt of an application we will contact you to discuss what further information, if any, is required by us to determine the application. We will notify you of what information must be submitted to us and within what timescale and this will be dependant on the size and complexity of the proposed ground. If you fail to provide the requested information within the specified time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

To prepare a safety certificate it will be necessary to:

  • request suitable drawings.
  • survey the ground in detail.
  • hold safety team meetings with the emergency services to determine overall requirements.
  • consult with other experts/other interested bodies.
  • seek structural, electrical, mechanical and any other pertinent certification.
  • consult with the ground management.
  • determine works conditions and numbers of spectators to be permitted into the ground.

The list is a guide only and is not exhaustive.

We will also consider if you are in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

We will send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer, the fire and rescue authority and the building authority. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a certificate we will determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, if they made an application, would qualify for the issue of a certificate. The applicant may be the current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

We will send a copy of a transfer application to the chief police officer, the fire and rescue authority and the building authority. We will consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

If we determine that an applicant is a qualified person we will issue a safety certificate to that person.

Fees

Sports ground safety certificate fees
Number of proposed spectators Application fee 

5,000 to 9,999

£1,337.00

10,000 to 14,999

£2,679.90

15,000 to 19,999

£5,360.00

20,000 to 29,999

£10,720.55

30,000 to 39,999

£21,441.55

40,000 to 49,999

£32,162.30

50,000 to 59,999

£42,883.00

60,000 to 69,999

£53,603.80

70,000 to 79,999

£64,324.60

80,000 to 89,999

£75,045.30

90,000 and over

£85,766.10

Will Tacit Consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

How to apply

To apply, please download the relevant form below and return it to us using the address at bottom of the page:

What if my application is refused?

Using the details at the bottom of the page, please contact our Licensing Section in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates court within 28 days of the receipt of the decision.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the Magistrates court against a refusal of his application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person, within seven days of the receipt of the decision.

What if I want to appeal against any other decision?

Using the details at the bottom of the page, please contact our Licensing Section in the first instance.

If you hold a certificate and you wish to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, your safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, you may appeal to the Magistrates court within 28 days of receipt of the decision. You may also appeal to the Crown Court against an order of the Magistrate's court.

What do I do if I want to complain?

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the service provider by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the Magistrate's court against any condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, a safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.

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