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.


Issuing a safety or specific special safety certificates

There is a one off charge of up to £1,500 for the issuing of any safety certificates or specific special safety certificates.

This fee is relevant to any designated sports ground or a sports ground with regulated stands. Currently this applies to Plymouth Argyle FC and Plymouth Albion RFC. If a new safety certificate or special safety certificate is required, renewed or amended this will be negotiated based on an hourly recharge £40 + VAT fee with agreement between us and the relevant party based on work required to prepare the certificate.

In addition any additional expenses associated with these safety certificates such as advertisement costs and printing of certificates will be charged.

See our planning fees and charges page for a full list of our fees and charges.

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.

Plymouth Albion RFC

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

Plymouth Argyle FC

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

 Plymouth Argyle FC designated ground safety certificate: Amended capacity calculations [PDF, 69.8KB]

Please note: We are awaiting an update plan of the ground which will be supplied by Plymouth Argyle FC and added to the website by Monday 13 August 2018.