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Licence - Sports Grounds Safety Certificate

Licence - Sports Grounds Safety Certificate

Licence summary


If you operate a sports ground in Clackmannanshire that holds
more than 10,000 spectators, you may 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

  • Safety certificates are obtained from Clackmannanshire Council.
You must comply with any terms or conditions attached to a 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 (referred to as the "qualified person") .

Regulation Summary


A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence Application

Evaluation Process


It is for the local authority to decide whether the applicant
is required to hold the necessary certificate.

A certificate is required where the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions
of a certificate.

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If the applicant fails to provide the requested information within the specified time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

The local authority must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police who must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a certificate the local authority must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, if they made an application, would qualify 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 transferred.

The local authority must send a copy of a transfer application to the Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police. They shall consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

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.

Apply Online


Application for a sport ground safety certificate
Application to change a safety certificate for a sports ground

Failed Application Redress


Please contact the Licensing Administrator in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person may appeal to the Sheriff Court at Alloa.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may appeal to the Sheriff Court at Alloa against a refusal of their application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Licence Holder Redress


Please contact the Licensing Administrator in the first instance.

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 appeal to the Sheriff Court at Alloa.

Consumer Complaint


We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader 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 Rights webpage will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress


Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the Sheriff Court at Alloa against any condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, a safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.

Trade Associations


Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA)

Please note that fees lodged with any Licence application are non-refundable.

For Further Information Contact

Licensing Administrator, Development & Environment
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: +44 (0)1259 452534
Email: