Monitoring Local Authorities

The SGSA carries out its statutory review function by a combination of:

  • meetings with the certifying authority and other appropriate parties;
  • attendance at meetings of the safety advisory group;
  • monitoring of the safety certificate and records required to be kept under the terms and conditions of the safety certificate; and
  • sample checks and observations at the sports grounds concerned on match and non match days.

The SGSA has published guidance on Safety Certification which provides a single source of reference on the principles and procedures governing the safety certification of sports grounds. The SGSA uses this document as a yardstick when keeping under review local authorities which come within its regulatory oversight. However, the document will also be of value to all local authorities who issue safety certificates under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and/or the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.

Under the provisions of the Football Spectators Act 1989 the SGSA has the power to insert conditions into any safety certificate by issued in respect of any Premier or Football League ground, Wembley or Principality Stadium. However, the SGSA seeks at all times to proceed by means of advice, persuasion and agreement and our statutory powers will only be used as a last resort.

Guide to Safety Certification

Check the regulations

Which parts of a ground should be covered by a Safety Certificate?

The terms and conditions of the safety certificate should cover all areas to which the spectators have access, including restaurants, licensed bars, and concourses.

About Designated Grounds

Details about what a designated ground is.

I’m a new Safety Officer, what do I need to know?

As a Safety Officer, you will need to be aware that the primary purpose of a safety certificate is to set the safe capacity of a designated ground or of a regulated stand at a non–designated ground.

What is a Safety Certificate?

Details about what a safety certificate is.

Licences issued by SGSA

Information about the licences issued by SGSA

Legislation related to Policing

Information from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.

All Seated Football Stadia

Background information on all seated football stadiums.

What is a Regulated Stand?

A regulated stand is any covered stand with accommodation for 500 or more spectators, whether seated or standing.

Tools and resources

Terracing

Information on the requirements of terracing at sports grounds.

License To Admit Spectators (National League)

Information for conference clubs on the license needed when promoted to the Football League.

Guide to Safety Certification

The Guide to Safety Certification is intended to assist local authorities to identify, apply and enforce the terms and conditions that it prescribes in the safety certificate.

Standing in Seated Areas

In this paper we examine the nature and causes of spectators standing in seated areas at Premier and Football League grounds.

Model Safety Certificate

Download a model safety certificate.

Safety Management

Our Safety Management guidance brings together good practice on safety personnel, safety management procedures, event management and preparing for incidents.

Concourses

Our Concourses document contains helpful information including advice on occupancy levels and floor space factors.

Responses to the consultation on a Wider Definition of Safety

Responses to the SGSA consultation on the implications of a review of the term ‘safety’ in the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

Guidance

Safety Certificate Checklist

A checklist local authorities may wish to consider when checking their safety certificate for possible changes.

Local Authority Checklist

A checklist that certifying authorities may wish to consider to check their progress in ensuring that the wider understanding of safety has been adopted by sports grounds to whom they issue safety certificates.

About the SGSA licence

Support for Local Authorities – Policies and Procedures

Guidance to assist local authorities to develop appropriate policies and procedures, or to review existing ones, for safety certification

Counter-terrorism in sports grounds

For a number of years the UK has been at a threat level of severe (an attack is highly likely) and ground management should have developed plans that are in place to provide protective security appropriate to that level.

Statement of Intent

Details in relation to the Statement of Intent

What does Zone Ex mean?

In the planning, design and management of sports grounds it may be helpful to consider the circulation area in terms of zones.

Safety for all at sports grounds

This guidance note describes the interactions between the different legislation in this area and the impacts on the safety management of a sports ground thereby protecting all those present, including spectators, staff, contractors and participants.

When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?

What they're saying

“Fan safety at sports grounds is paramount. The world looks to us as an example of how to manage risks and improve safety records and this guide will continue to contribute to that legacy.”

Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the Green Guide