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Sports grounds certificates

If you operate a sports ground in Hillingdon that holds more than 10,000 spectators or a covered stand that holds more than 500 spectators, you may be required to hold a safety certificate.

What you need to know

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.

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.

What we need to see

When you apply, you must provide:

  • location/site plan
  • a risk assessment
  • contingency plans
  • safety policy for spectators
  • electrical certificate
Type of certificateFee
Regulated stand safety certificate£1,058.27
Regulated stand special safety certificate£1,058.27
Additional officer hours£75 per hour


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 If it is not provided within the permitted time, the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Apply to certify a stand

Change a safety certificate

After you have applied, we will aim to process your application within 40 calendar days. 

If your application is not processed 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 we must process your application before we can grant a safety certificate.

If we have not contacted you within 40 days, please email us at licensing@hillingdon.gov.uk or call 01895 558311.

Page last updated: 07 Sep 2020