To make application the following must be submitted:
- Application form
- Location / site plan
- Risk assessment
- Contingency plans
- Safety policy for spectators
- Electrical certificate
Requirements in relation to sports grounds are far reaching and will also include but will not be restricted to the following:
- Structural integrity of the stand/stadia
- Provisions for means of escape
- Adequate fire precautions
- Emergency services co-ordination
- Provision of suitable management strategies (i.e. stewarding, crowd control, match day safety arrangements, evacuation procedures, contingency plans, etc.)
We will consider if the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.
We, as 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 and building authority.
Certificates are issued to last indefinitely or alternatively may contain an expiry date. Under the legislation the local authority has ongoing control and powers of enforcement so as to ensure reasonable standards of safety are maintained.
The legislation allows for the issue of prohibition notices to prevent spectator access to any sports ground or part when it is considered a safety risk is immediate.
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. The applicant may be the current holder of 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 of the area, the fire and rescue authority and the building authority. They shall consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.