Regulated stands - Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sports Act (Part III)

Where a covered stand which will accommodate 500 or more spectators is erected, it is necessary for a General Safety Certificate to be applied for before it can be used.

The process for the issue and the monitoring of the effectiveness of a Certificate for a Regulated Stand is similar to that for a designated ground, but related to the stand and the escape routes from the stand only.

This applies in relation to a sports ground which:

  • Provides covered accommodation in stands for spectators, and
  • Is not a designated sports ground.

One certificate may be issued in respect of several stands.

The following people qualify for the issue of a safety certificate for a regulated stand at a sports ground:

  • The person who qualifies for the issue of a general safety certificate is the person who is responsible for the management of the ground and
  • The person who qualifies for the issue of a special safety certificate for viewing an activity from the stand on any occasion is the person who is responsible for organising that activity.

Wirral Council must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate for a regulated stand to the Chief Police Officer for Wirral, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority in England. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

The Safety Certificate for a regulated stand may contain such conditions as the Council considers necessary or expedient to secure reasonable safety in the stand when it is in use for viewing the specified activity. The conditions may be such as to involve alterations or additions to the stand or any installations in or serving the stand.

Apply online

  • You may Apply Online to certify a regulated stand at a sports ground through Business Link

Will Tacit Consent apply?

Tacit Consent does not apply due to Public Safety. Therefore you must wait to receive your application.

Enforcement

A person is on summary conviction liable to a fine if:

  • A designated sports ground is used for an activity requiring a Safety Certificate where either no application has been made for such a Certificate or where the application has been, or is deemed to have been withdrawn.
  • A General Safety Certificate is in force for a stadium which is used for an activity for which the General Safety Certificate or a Special Safety Certificate is in operation in respect of it.
  • Any terms or conditions of a General Safety Certificate or Special Safety Certificate are contravened.
  • Spectators are admitted to a ground in contravention of a notice prohibiting or restricting the use of the ground.

(Section 12 Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 as amended).

In relation to regulated stands. The holder of a Safety Certificate is guilty of an office if:

  • Spectators are admitted to a regulated stand where no Safety Certificate which covers the use of the stand is in operation.
  • Any of the terms or conditions of a Safety Certificate for a regulated stand is contravened.

(Section 36 Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987)

Where an Authority considers the condition to be such that the public will be at serious risk, a notice prohibiting or restricting the use of all or part of the ground may be issued.

(Section 10 Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975 as amended).

Alterations to an existing certificate:

If an application is made to transfer a certificate Wirral Council must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, would qualify for the issue of a certificate.

In particular notice is required when it is proposed to alter the entrances or exits from a regulated stand at a sports ground or the means of access to any such entrances or exits.

The applicant may be the current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred. Wirral Council must send a copy of a transfer application to, and consult with, the Chief Police Officer for Wirral, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and the building authority about any amendment, replacement or transfer of certificates.

Certificate transfers/amendments

  • To make amendments to an existing certificate you may apply online through Business Link

Appeals

Appeals are to a Magistrates Court.