Sports Grounds Safety Certificates for Regulated Stands

Licence summary
If you operate a Sports Ground, which is not designated as requiring a Safety Certificate, you will  require a Safety Certificate for Regulated Stand in respect of any stand that holds 500 or more spectators, which is issued by the District Council.

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 starting 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.

One Certificate may cover more than one stand.

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.

Regulation Summary
Safety of Sports Grounds (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

The Council will determine if any stand in its area is a Regulated Stand.  If it is determined that it is, a Notice will be served on the person who appears would qualify to be issued with a General Safety Certificate.  The Notice will give details of their determination and the effects of the determination.

Application Evaluation Process
Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the Council within the time specified.

When the Council receives an application for a General Safety Certificate for a Regulated Stand at a Sports Ground it must determine if the stand is a Regulated Stand and if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the Certificate.  If the Council has already determined that the stand is a Regulated Stand and it has not revoked this decision, it will decide if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the General Safety Certificate.

If the Council receives an application for a Special Safety Certificate for a Regulated Stand they must determine if the applicant qualifies for the issue of a Certificate.

A copy of the application will be sent to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and they will be consulted on the terms and conditions to be included in the Certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a Certificate the Council must determine if the person to whom the Certificate is to be transferred, if they made an application, would qualify for the issue of a Certificate. The applicant may be the current holder of the Certificate or the person to whom the Certificate is to be transferred.

The Council will send a copy of the transfer application to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.  The Council will consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that because of the health and safety risks to large numbers of people the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact the Environmental Health Department.

Whilst Tacit Consent does not apply the Council will strive to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application, including issuing a Certificate if appropriate, within 180 days of receipt of the application.

Apply online
Apply for a Sports Stand Safety Certificate*
* It should be noted that payment by credit/debit card will delay the processing of applications until the payment has been cleared.
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Fees
Fees apply to all applications:

Safety Certificate for Sports Stands                                             £50.00
Amendment, replacement or transfer of Safety Certificate    £25.00

Failed Application Redress/Licence Holder Redress
Any applicant who is refused a Safety Certificate for Regulated Stands because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrate’s Court.

An applicant who is refused a Special Safety Certificate for Sports Stands may also appeal to the Magistrate’s Court against a refusal of their application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

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 the Magistrate’s Court. They may also appeal to the County Court against an Order of the Magistrate’s Court.

Any person who is served with a Notice determining that a Sports Stand is a Regulated Sports Stand may appeal to the Magistrate’s Court.

Consumer Complaints
In the event of a complaint the first contact should be made with the Environmental Health Department.  If you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Public Register
A register of Sports Grounds Safety Certificates for Sports Stands issued can be provided on request.

Data Protection
Under the Data Protection Act, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council has a legal duty to protect any information we collect about you.  It will not be disclosed to any third party unless law or regulation compel such disclosure or unless we have been specifically asked to do so in order to deliver a service which you have requested.

Contact Us
W: www.fermanaghomagh.com
E: eh@fermanaghomagh.com
T: 0300 303 1777
L: Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Environmental Health Department, Townhall, 2 Townhall Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7BA or Lisnamallard House, 11 Old Mountfield Road, Lisnamallard, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 7EG

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