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Safety at sports grounds

Maintaining safety at sports grounds is important to protect the safety of all people who attend.

The Council is responsible for issuing safety certificates to sports grounds in the area.

General safety certificates

General Safety Certificates are required for all stands classified as a regulated stand. A regulated stand is a covered stand for 500 or more spectators.

If you are planning an event, or series of events which involve activities not specified in the General Safety Certificate, you must apply for a Special Safety Certificate by emailing

The Council will liaise with Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Planning and Building Standards and other Safety Advisory Group partners in order to:

  • draw up the conditions to be attached to the initial safety certificate

  • ensure ongoing compliance with the conditions attached to the certificate

  • arrange for a formal annual inspection of the stands

Responsibility for the safety of all people present in a sports ground lies at all times with the ground management and organisers who have to meet the cost of any safety measures.

If you require a safety certificate or further information

If you require to apply for a safety certificate or special safety certificate or require any further information in relation to safety at sports grounds or whether a sports ground or stand requires a safety certificate, please send your enquiry to