Where a covered sports stand accommodates 500 or more spectators and is not a designated sports ground, a safety certificate is required.

  • general safety certificate – covers the use of a stand for viewing a specified activity or activities, starting on a specified date for an indefinite period.
  • special safety certificate – covers the use of a stand for viewing a certain specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions.

One safety certificate can cover more than one stand. 

Fees

A fee may be applicable; fees are dependent on the individual application.  

Apply

Apply for a safety certificate for a regulated sports stand

Apply to make changes to an existing safety certificate

Eligibility

To apply for a general safety certificate, you must be the person who is responsible for the management of the ground.

To apply for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion.   

To transfer a certificate Wirral Council must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, would qualify. 

The applicant may be the current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

Processing and timescales

We will contact you within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application. Safety certificates will then be issued within 8 weeks. 

Tacit Consent does not apply due to public safety. You must wait to receive permission.

Legislation

Fire and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987

Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975

Failed applications and appeals

Appeals against failed applications can be made to the local Magistrates’ Court.

Report a problem

Report a concern about an issued safety certificate.

Report a concern