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Safety at sports grounds

The Licensing Section is responsible for dealing with safety certification under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975, and the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.

Safety certificates are required for:

  • sports stadia with a capacity of more than 10,000 spectators (designated grounds)
  • all premier and football league stadia (designated grounds)
  • sports grounds with covered stands with a capacity of more than 500 spectators (regulated stands)

However, a safe capacity needs to be determined for each facility.

Safety certificates cover:

  • the physical condition of sports grounds
  • safety management systems

Regular inspections are made to ensure spectator safety.

Before applying for a safety certificate

Before applying for a safety certificate, bear in mind that:

  • the process of granting a safety certificate is complex
  • it could take a significant period of time depending on the size/complexity of the sports ground

Note: We take residents' and potential spectators' views into consideration before issuing safety certificates.

Apply for a safety certificate

Contact our Licensing Team to discuss your safety certificate requirements. They'll send you the appropriate application forms if you meet the criteria.

Please include the following with your completed application:

  • event plan
  • risk assessments
  • contingency plans
  • spectator safety policy
  • name and qualification of safety officer
  • detailed drawings of the stadium and stands
  • location and site plan

Safety certificate costs

Safety certificate costs vary depending on the work involved in your application.

Certified sports facilities in York

York currently has two certified facilities:

  • York Community Stadium
  • York Racecourse

Also see

Licensing Services

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 552422