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.


Safety advisory group

Plymouth City Council Building Control have delegated authority to ensure the public are safe in the city's sports stadiums that hold more than 500 persons under a covered roof.

These stands require certification. Each of the two stadiums have existing safety certificates but these are required to be updated/amended when required. Special safety certificates need to be issued for any other event that takes place in the grounds other than football or rugby (for example pop concerts/religious gatherings/other sporting events other than what the certificates specify)

  • New safety certificate: £3,060
  • Amendment to existing safety certificate: £510 to £2,040*

*Dependent on complexity/involvement with the emergency services/public notice.

  • Special safety certificate: £3,060

Plymouth Albion RFC

PDF icon Plymouth Albion RFC Regulated Stands Safety Certificate [PDF, 2.6MB]

Plymouth Argyle FC

PDF icon Plymouth Argyle FC Designated Ground Safety Certificate [PDF, 4.2MB]

PDF icon Plymouth Argyle FC Designated Ground Safety certificate: Amended capacity calculations [PDF, 69.8KB]

PDF icon Plymouth Argyle FC Designated Ground Safety Certificate: Updated for no spectator football [PDF, 5.7MB]

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.