Building Control is responsible for dealing with safety certification under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.

Safety certificates are required for:

  • Sports stadia with a capacity for 10,000 spectators. (designated grounds)
  • All premier and football league stadia with a spectator capacity of 5,000. (designated grounds)
  • Sports grounds with one or more regulated stands, with a capacity of 500 spectators.


How to apply for a safety certificate



(A separate application form is required for each regulated stand at a sports ground)

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Detailed design drawings of the stadium / stand(s)
  • Location / site plan
  • Safety policy for spectators
  • Proposed spectator capacities and calculations
  • Risk assessments
  • Event Plan
  • Contingency plans



Charges are payable to the local authority in respect of the consideration of applications for new or amended general safety certificates and special safety certificate for both designated sports grounds and regulated stands.

Please contact Building Control to confirm current charges.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No.  It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.

If you wish to apply or would like further information please contact Building Control.

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Building Control
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for Building Control.


Page last updated: 
2 January 2018
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