Safety certificate for sports grounds
If you operate a sports ground in South Ayrshire which is not designated as requiring
a safety certificate, you will still require a safety certificate for any covered stand that holds 500 or
A safety certificate may be either:
- a general safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing an activity,
or a number of activities, specified in the certificate for an indefinite period
which starts on a specified date
- a special safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing a certain
specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions
One certificate may cover more than one stand.
Certificates are obtained from South Ayrshire Council.
You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.
To be eligible for a general safety certificate, you must be the person responsible
for the management of the ground.
To be eligible for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible
for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion.
How to apply
The links below take you to another website which processes these applications on
behalf of South Ayrshire Council
What happens next?
Applicants must provide requested information and plans to South Ayrshire Council
within the time specified. If it is not provided within the permitted time the application
will be deemed to have been withdrawn.
South Ayrshire Council will determine if any stand in their area is a regulated
stand. If it is determined that it is, a notice will be served on the person who
appears would qualify to be issued with a general safety certificate. The notice
will give details of their determination and the effects of the determination.
When South Ayrshire Council receives an application for a general safety certificate
for a regulated stand at a sports ground they will determine if the stand is a regulated
stand and if it if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the
certificate. If they have already determined that the stand is a regulated stand
and have not revoked this decision, they must decide if the applicant is the person
who qualifies for the issue of the general safety certificate.
If South Ayrshire Council receives an application for a special safety certificate
for a regulated stand they will determine if the applicant qualifies for the issue
of a certificate.
South Ayrshire Council will send a copy of an application for a safety certificate
to the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.
If an application is made to transfer a certificate South Ayrshire Council will
determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, if they made
an application, qualifies for the issue of a certificate. The applicant may be the
current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be
South Ayrshire Council will send a copy of the application for the transfer of a
safety certificate to the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, and Strathclyde
Fire & Rescue.
It is in the public interest that the South Ayrshire Council must process your application
before it can be granted. We would expect to process your application within 20
working days or 28 calendar days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable
period, please contact us.
What if I have been refused approval?
Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first
Any applicant who is refused a general safety certificate because they are not considered
to be an eligible person can appeal to the local sheriff court.
An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the
court against a refusal based on grounds other than a decision that they are not
an eligible person.
Also, any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or
the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal
to amend or replace a safety certificate, may also appeal to the local sheriff court.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
In the interest of public safety, there is no automatic granting of a licence should we fail to respond to you. Tacit
consent does not apply.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made
with the service provider by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of
delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,Consumer Direct will give you advice or you can
contact us directly. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you wish to complain about a licence holder then please use the contact details
Who to contact
South Ayrshire Council
Ayr KA7 1UT
Tel: 01292 616159