Apply for sports grounds safety certificates
Types of safety certificate
Any designated ground or regulated stand requires a safety certificate. As such, we are legally responsible for the issuing of safety certificates for sports grounds within the area of East Sussex County Council.
A designated ground is any sports ground that can hold more than 10,000 spectators. Or 5,000 in the case of Premier League and also Football League grounds in England and Wales.
A regulated stand is any covered stand at a sports ground that can hold 500 or more spectators.
General or Special Safety Certificates
There are 2 types of certificate:
- a general safety certificate is for specified activities held over an indefinite period. For example, regular football matches at a sports ground
- a special safety certificate is for one-off events or a series of occasions., for example, a music concert
Depending on the likely maximum occupancy and the type of event or activity being held, you may need to apply for both a general safety certificate and a special safety certificate in some circumstances.
Download an application form
Completed application forms should include:
- safety policy for spectators
- contingency plans
- risk assessments
- scaled drawings of the sports ground and regulated stands (as applicable)
- Apply for a safety certificate to a designated ground [204.2 KB] [pdf]
- Apply for a safety certificate for a regulated stand [170.0 KB] [pdf]
The Council has the right to charge an applicant for any costs involved in the processing of an application.
This includes the issue, amendment, replacement, transfer or cancellation of a safety certificate.