Sports ground safety certificate

To operate a sports ground that holds more than 10,000 spectators, you will be required to hold a safety certificate

A safety certificate may be either:

  • a general safety certificate issued for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity, or activities, during an indefinite period
  • a special safety certificate for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity or activities on a specified occasion or occasions


Application and fees

To receive an application form and information on fees contact us.

Application evaluation

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to Cheshire East Authority who will consider if the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

Cheshire East will send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

The process is the same for applications to vary the existing circumstances of the certificate.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a safety certificate, you must be likely to be in a position to prevent contravention of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

Right of appeal

Any applicant who is refused a safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the Magistrates court against a refusal of his application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Contact us

Business Support Team
Cheshire East Council

0300 123 5015

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