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Sports Ground Safety Licence

A Sports Ground Safety Licence ensures venues and sport grounds meet health and safety regulations and the safety of spectators attending events on these premises are being regulated.

LICENCE Name

Sports Ground Safety Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Authority

TIME TO GET LICENCED 4 weeks
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
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Application for Sports Ground Safety Licence

detailed map of premises
management details
fire risk assessment
copy of public liability insurance
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What is a Sports Ground Safety Licence?

Under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975, a sports ground or stadium with a capacity of more than 10,000 people will require a Sports Ground Safety Licence.

A Sports Ground Safety Licence is also required if a sports ground or stadium provides covered accommodation for 500 or more spectators.

The purpose of a sports ground safety licence is to ensure the safe capacity of a designated ground. There are two types of Sports Ground Safety Licences, what one you apply for will only be valid for these activities.

Which licence should I apply for?

There are two types of sports ground safety licences. You can apply for:

  • a general sports ground safety licence
  • a special sports ground safety licence

A special sports ground safety licence is required to hold a one-off event or series of events at a sports ground if the events are not already included within a general safety certificate for a designated sports ground or stadium.

In most instances, a general sports ground safety licence will be the most appropriate certificate to apply for.

How do I apply for a Sports Ground Safety Licence?

To be eligible for a general or special sports ground safety licence, you must be in a position to enforce the terms and conditions of the licence, this would normally be an individual in the position of premises management of the sports ground or stadium.

To apply for a Sports Ground Safety Licence, please see the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

Local authorities may monitor stadiums and grounds to ensure management and licence holders are adhering to the conditions of their sports ground safety licence.
The cost of a sports ground safety licence will depend on a number of factors, including the capacity of the stadium or sports ground and the amount of local authority time required to attend meetings and assess the suitability of the ground in issuing a licence.
No. If you operate a sports ground without a sports ground safety licence you may face paying a fine or imprisonment of up to 2 years.