Safety certificate for sports grounds and football stands

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If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales that is not designated as requiring a safety certificate, you will still require a safety certificate for any covered stand that holds 500 or more spectators.​

A safety certificate may be either:

  • A general safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing an activity, or a number of activities, specified in the certificate for an indefinite period which starts on a specified date
  • A special safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing a certain specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions

One certificate may cover more than one stand.

Safety certificates are obtained from your local authority.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.

Eligibility criteria Click to get info

To be eligible to apply for a certificate, you must be the person responsible for the management of the ground.

Regulation summary Click to get info

See a summary of the regulation relating to this licence on the Office of Public Sector Information website.

The application process Click to get info

If the stand is within the London Borough of Waltham Forest, we must determine if it is a regulated stand. If it is determined that it is, we will serve a notice on the person who appears would qualify to be issued with a general safety certificate. The notice will give details of our determination and the effects of the determination.

When we receive an application for a safety certificate for a regulated stand at a sports ground, we must determine if the stand is a regulated one and whether the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the certificate. We will consider whether you are in a position to prevent any breach of the conditions of a certificate.

Applicants must provide the requested information and plans to us within 28 days of the date of making the application, unless we agree to a longer period, otherwise the application will have deemed to have been withdrawn.

We will send a copy of your application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer for Waltham Forest and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, who will be consulted about the conditions to be included in the certificate, and any other authority who we consider should be consulted.

Transfer of Certificate: If your application is to transfer a certificate, we 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 certificate holder or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

We will send a copy of your application for the transfer of a safety certificate to the chief police officer for Waltham Forest and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, who will be consulted about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer, and any other authority who we consider should be consulted.

Will tacit consent apply? Click to get info

New certificate

No. Tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that Waltham Forest Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within five working days, contact us online if you applied through the UK welcome business website or use the contact details below:

Email building.control@walthamforest.gov.uk
Tel 020 8496 3000

Transfer of certificate

Yes. You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within the target completion period of 28 days.

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If your application failed

Please contact Waltham Forest and ask for the Building Control team in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a general safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the court against a refusal based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Licence holder redress

Please contact Waltham Forest and ask for the Building Control team in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, may appeal to the Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the local sheriff court.

Consumer complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service you have received, in the first instance you should write to the Director of Development Services, Environment and Regeneration, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, London E17 4SU.

Other redress

Any person who is served with a notice determining that a sports stand is a regulated sports stand may appeal to the local Magistrates' court.

Any person concerned with ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the magistrate's court against any condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, a safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.