Trading Standards is responsible for issuing safety certificates for designated football grounds and sporting venues with regulated stands.
Our officers carry out periodic inspections at each of the certificated venues. We also convene Safety Advisory Groups with a range of partners to discuss safety requirements:
- Police (resilience and operational)
- Fire Service (resilience and operational)
- Building Control
- Environmental Health
- Venue representatives
Legislation and guidance
You can find information on sports grounds and event safety on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
The relevant legislation is:
- The Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (opens legislation.gov.uk website)
- The Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 (opens legislation.gov.uk website)
There are guidance documents, principally the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, known as the 'Green Guide' available on The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) website.