Sports stand safety certificate

If you operate a sports ground in Trafford 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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a general safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the management of the ground.

To be eligible for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion.

Relevant regulation

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 stand. If you fail to provide the requested information within the specified time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

We will determine if any stand in our area is a regulated stand. If it is determined that it is, a notice will be served on the person who appears would qualify to be issued with a general safety certificate. The notice will give details of our determination and the effects of the determination.

To determine whether a stand is a regulated stand 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

This list is a guide only and is not exhaustive.

When we receive an application for a general safety certificate for a regulated stand at a sports ground we will determine if the stand is a regulated stand and if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the certificate. If we have already determined that the stand is a regulated stand and have not revoked this decision, we will decide if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the general safety 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.

Will tacit consent apply?

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

Where tacit consent is applicable, it will only apply for licences / registrations that are submitted electronically or the business can show proof of delivery from a post office or recognised courier.

How to apply

To apply, please complete a Safety Certificate for a Regulated Stand application form.

What if my application is refused?

In the first instance, please contact us.

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 another decision?

In the first instance, please contact us using the details supplied at the bottom of the page.

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 who is served with a notice determining that a sports stand is a regulated sports stand may appeal to the local Magistrates' court or in Scotland to the local sheriff court.

Any person concerned with ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the magistrate's court or, in Scotland, to the local sheriff 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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