Any sports ground with a capacity of more than 10,000 spectators (or designated football grounds with a capacity of more than 5,000 spectators) needs a safety certificate, issued by the local authority under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

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Costs for this service

Type of application Application fee
Application for a new certificate £5,500
Application to change a certificate £1,000
Application to transfer a certificate £1,000

What you need to know...

You must not use the sports ground before the application is granted.

If you have not heard from the council within a reasonable period, please contact us at

Next Steps

We will send copies of an application for a safety certificate to the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, and the council's Building Control officers. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate. We will also consult these bodies about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer applications.

We will also consider whether the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.