Licences issued by SGSA

The annual licence issued by the SGSA to each club specifies the areas of the ground to which spectators may be admitted. Under the provisions of the 1989 Act it is an offence to admit spectators to any of the above grounds, or parts of those grounds, which are not licensed. Conditions in the licence do not apply to other (non-football) events taking place at those grounds.

Club’s promoted into the Football League Championship for the first time are allowed up to three years to convert the ground to all seated accommodation.


It is an offence to admit spectators to any unlicensed accommodation during a designated football match.

The number of spectators who may be admitted to licensed accommodation is limited to the capacity set out in the safety certificate issued by the relevant local authority.

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.

What is a Safety Certificate?

Details about what a safety certificate is.

Legislation related to Policing

Information from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.

Monitoring Local Authorities

Details of how the SGSA monitors local authorities.

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


Information on the requirements of terracing at sports grounds.

Which Events At A Sports Ground Should Be Covered By The Provisions Of A Safety Certificate?

Details of the events at a sports ground covered by provisions of a safety certificate.

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.

Model Safety Certificate

Download a model safety certificate.

Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour

Guidance on preventing crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour at sports grounds.

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.


Safety Certificate Checklist

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

Operations Manual

Details of what should be included in the operations manual of a sports ground.

About the SGSA licence

Stewarding and SIA licence

Information about stewarding and the SIA licence.

Safety Certification (National League)

Guidance on safety certification for conference clubs.

How Do I Apply For A Ground To Be Designated Or De-Designated?

Details on how to apply to be a designated ground.

Capacity Calculations (National League)

P and S Factors

Guidance on the P and S factors specifically.

Statement of Intent

Details in relation to the Statement of Intent

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

Cladding safety checks

This guidance is for those sports grounds that are reviewing their fire risk assessments with specific reference to external cladding.

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.