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Safety certificate for sports stands

You will require a safety certificate for any covered stand that holds 500 or more spectators.

Certificate summary

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

A separate application form is required for each regulated stand at a sports ground, although one certificate may cover more than one stand. Certificates are obtained from the Licensing Service. You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.

Eligibility criteria

  • To be eligible for a general safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the management of the ground
  • To be eligible for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion, and have the responsibility of the holder of the certificate transferred to you on that occasion
  • Further information regarding this legislation

Application evaluation process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If it is not provided within the permitted time, the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

The local authority will always consult with members of the Borough Safety Advisory Group ie Police, Fire Authority, and Ambulance Service etc, prior to the issue of any certificate. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

What happens if your application is not processed by the local authority within the timescales stated?

Tacit consent will not apply.This means that there is a risk to public safety, so it is in the public interest that the Local Authority must process your application before it can grant a safety certificate. If we have not contacted you by the end of the target completion period, please get in touch with us. You can do this online if you applied through Business Link, or contact the Licensing Service.

Target completion period

Application

Processing Times

Tacit Consent

Application to certify a regulated stand at a sports ground

40 working days

No

Application to change a safety certificate for a regulated stand at a sports ground

40 working days

No

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An online application will require you to register with Business Link, an easy process that gives you an online account that you can use across different government services.

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application via e-mail.

Help (small)  Help is provided about online applications

Application forms

Certify a stand

Change a safety certificate

Fees and charges

There is no charge for certification. 

Failed application redress

Please contact London Borough of Hillingdon in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to Uxbridge Magistrates' Court against a refusal of his application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Licence holder redress

Please contact London Borough of Hillingdon 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 Uxbridge Magistrates' Court. They may also appeal to the County Court against an order of the Magistrate's Court.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to Uxbridge Magistrates' 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.

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