Application for grant or amendment of a safety certificate for a regulated stand

Part III of Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987

A safety certificate under Part III of the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 (‘the 1987 Act’) is required in respect of the use, at a sports ground which is not a designated sports ground under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975, of each stand which provides covered accommodation for 500 or more spectators to view activities at the ground. Such a stand is referred to as a ‘regulated stand’.

A separate application form is required for each regulated stand at a sports ground (although any certificate issued may cover all such stands).

In most cases the Local Authority will have made a preliminary determination that a particular stand is a ‘regulated stand’. They will have served notice of this determination on you under Section 28(2) of the 1987 Act. That determination will have become a final determination for the purposes of that Act at the end of the period of two months beginning with the date of that notice. You can pursue separately with the Local Authority the question whether a stand in fact satisfies the criteria, referred to above, which determines whether a stand is a ‘regulated stand’ and may apply for a safety certificate in respect of it without a preliminary determination being made by the Local Authority. Where the application is for a special safety certificate this question will already have been resolved because a special safety certificate is issued only if a general safety certificate is in force.

Under the provisions of Section 28(7) of the 1987 Act in the case of a general safety certificate, or Section 28(8) of the 1987 Act in the case of a special safety certificate, the Local Authority receiving an application for a safety certificate have to determine whether the applicant is qualified to hold the safety certificate. The applicant should therefore provide the information required below to enable the Local Authority to deal with the application.

A scale plan of the sports ground and of the relevant stands should accompany this application. However, under Section 28(11) of the 1987 Act, the Local Authority may require you to provide further information and plans of the ground.

The ‘Qualified Person’ (as defined in Section 3(1) of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975) in whose name any safety certificate is issued must inform this Department when they no longer have responsibility in this respect.

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