Apply for a sports ground or stand safety certificate

Use this guide to find out more about the different types of sports ground safety certificates and how to apply.

Any sports ground with either a capacity of more than 10,000 spectators, or designated football grounds with a capacity of more than 5,000 spectators, needs a safety certificate. This is issued by the local authority under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

What you need to know...

You must not use the sports ground before the application is granted.

Costs for this service

Type of application Application fee
Application for a new certificate £9,1321
Application to change a certificate £8,894
Application to transfer a certificate £235

Do it online

Apply for sports ground safety certificate

Next steps

We will send copies of an application for a safety certificate to:

  • the Metropolitan Police
  • the London Fire Brigade
  • our Building Control officers.

Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate. We will also consult these bodies about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer applications.

We will also consider whether the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

If you have not heard from the council within a reasonable period, please contact us at