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Sports grounds safety certificates

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We have a statutory duty to enforce safety certification of sports grounds under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (as amended) (1975 Act) and the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 (1987 Act). We also recognise our responsibilities for spectator safety at all sports grounds within the Rochdale borough.

A safety certificate is required for a Designated Ground and for a Regulated Stand.

There are 2 types of certificate:

  • General Safety Certificate, used to cover specified activities which are held over an indefinite period of time. For example, a season of football matches at a football ground.
  • Special Safety Certificate, used to cover one-off events or a series of occasions. For example, a rock concert being held at a designated ground.

Depending on the likely maximum occupancy and the type of event being or activity being held, you may need to apply for a certificate and/or a special safety certificate.

D​esignated Ground

A Designated Ground is any sports ground that can accommodate more than 10,000 spectators. Or 5,000, in the case of Premier League and Football League grounds in England and Wales. Rochdale has 1 Designated Ground at the Crown Oil Arena, Sandy Lane, Rochdale.

Apply for a Designated Ground safet​y certificate (197kb pdf​)​

R​​egulated Stand 

A Regulated Stand is any covered stand at a sports ground with accommodation for 500 or more spectators, whether seated or standing.

Apply for a ​​Regulated Stand safety certificate (324kb pdf)


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Building Control
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU