Licence summary

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 certificates are obtained from your local authority.

You must comply with any terms or conditions attached to a certificate.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a safety certificate, you must be in a position to prevent contravention of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If the applicant fails to provide the requested information within the specified time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

A local authority will consider if the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

The local authority must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority in England and Wales. In Scotland they shall send an application to the chief police officer and either the fire authority or 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 the local authority must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred would qualify for the issue of a certificate, if they made an application. The applicant may be the current holder or the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

The local authority must send a copy of a transfer application to the chief police officer for the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority in England and Wales. In Scotland they shall send an application to the chief police officer and either the fire authority or building authority. They shall consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

Will tacit consent 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, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service or contact Contact Building Control.

Apply online

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Apply by post

Application for a safety certificate by post(pdf, 51KB)

Failed application redress

Please contact your local authority 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.

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.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, may appeal to the Magistrates Court. They may also appeal to the County Court against an order of the Magistrates Court.

Other redress

Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the Magistrates 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.

Trade associations

Contact Building Control

Technical advice, site visit requests, etc

For Building Regulations advice, technical guidance and requests for site visits/inspections in the first instance contact the Building Surveyor for your area. You can find the relevant officer, their area and all their contact numbers on our Building Control Officers page.

General enquiries

For any questions or comments about the Building Control Team and the services we provide, use the following contact details:

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Environment Building Control
Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
Middlesex
TW1 3BZ

Complaining about a service

If you wish to make a complaint about our service, use our corporate complaints procedure.

Updated: 21 March 2014