Safety at sports grounds

How to apply

You must hold a safety certificate if you operate a designated sports ground (one that holds more than 10,000 spectators) or a ground that has regulated stands (covered stands that accommodate 500 or more spectators).

Apply for a regulated stand safety certificate

Apply for a designated ground safety certificate

Apply for a special safety certificate

Return completed forms (with the correct fee) to Building Control, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ.

You may also need to provide:

  • Location/site plan
  • Drawings, plans and specifications (ideally electronically)
  • Risk assessment (fire safety for example)
  • Traffic management plans
  • Contingency plans
  • Safety policy for all spectators
  • Electrical certification
  • Medical plans
  • Structural details and calculations
  • Details of the safety team hierarchy including all responsible persons

Information on all of the above can be found on the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) website.


  • £1500

Costs may vary depending on the work involved with your application.

Safety advisory group

The Plymouth Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meets regularly in relation to Plymouth Argyle FC, Plymouth Albion RFC and Devonport Services RFC. For more information on SAG email or call 01752 304343.

Download Plymouth Albion RFC regulated stands safety certificate [PDF, 2.6MB]

Download Plymouth Argyle FC designated ground safety certificate [PDF, 4.2MB]