Safety in sports grounds
General safety certificates
Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) Football Clubs currently hold general safety certificates issued by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
- Stamford Bridge Chelsea FC General Safety Certificate June 2020 (pdf 222KB)
- Craven Cottage Fulham FC General Safety Certificate June 2020 (pdf 312KB)
- Loftus Road QPR General Safety Certificate June 2020 (pdf 348KB)
Safety Advisory Groups
Safety Advisory Groups (SAGs), chaired by the council, provide the local authority with specialist advice on how it may effectively discharge its responsibilities in overseeing spectator safety at sports grounds. Representatives of the football club management team, other representatives from the Council and external agencies including the emergency services attend the Safety Advisory Group meetings, which are usually held in January and July each year.
- Chelsea FC SAG Terms of Reference (pdf 170KB)
- Fulham FC SAG Terms of Reference (pdf 160KB)
- QPR FC SAG Terms of Reference (pdf 149KB)
Our policies for reviewing and issuing of safety certificates, monitoring and inspections, and our safety in sports grounds enforcement policy are listed below.
- Issue and Review of the General Safety Certificate for Sports Grounds Policy (pdf 202KB)
- Sports Grounds Safety Monitoring and Inspection Policy (pdf 258KB)
- Safety in Sports Grounds Enforcement Policy (pdf 306KB)
Agreed minutes from previous meetings:
- CFC ESAG Minutes September 2019 (pdf 158KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes July 2019 (pdf 210KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes July 2019 (pdf 226KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes July 2019 (pdf 235KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes January 2019 (pdf 328KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes February 2019 (pdf 254KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes February 2019 (pdf 192KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes July 2018 (pdf 195KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes July 2018 (pdf 501KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes July 2018 (pdf 530KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes February 2018 (pdf 195KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes January 2018 (pdf 607KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes January 2018 (pdf 441KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes July 2017 (pdf 513KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes July 2017 (pdf 153KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes August 2017 (pdf 288KB)
- CFC SAG Minutes January 2017 (pdf 511KB)
- FFC SAG Minutes January 2017 (pdf 328KB)
- QPR SAG Minutes January 2017 (pdf 307KB)
Older minutes are available on request.
Summary of sports ground safety requirements
Sports stadia with a spectator capacity of more than 10,000 people (5,000 in the case of Premiership or Football League grounds) are designated by the government and must be certified under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975.
A general safety certificate will cover use of the stadium for certain specified activities, use for other spectator related purposes will require the issue of a special safety certificate.
A safety certificate will set the permitted capacity for the sports ground together with the detailed terms and conditions with which the ground management must comply in order to operate the sports ground at its permitted capacity.
Although the safety certificate is issued by the local authority responsibility for the safety of spectators at the sports ground rests at all time with the sports ground management. This will normally be the owner or the lessee of the sports ground.
Any non-designated sports ground which contains a covered stand* with a spectator capacity of more than 500 is deemed a regulated stand and must be certified under the Fire Safety and Safety at Places of Sport Act 1987.
*Stand, in relation to a sports ground, means an artificial structure (not merely temporary) which provides accommodation for spectators and is wholly or partly covered by a roof, and, in relation to the number of spectators in a stand provided with covered accommodation, "covered" means covered by the roof or other part of the structure which constitutes the stand.
What the certificate includes
Requirements in relation to sports grounds are far reaching and will include but will not be restricted to the following:
- Structural integrity of the stand/stadia
- Provisions for means of escape
- Adequate fire precautions
- Emergency services co-ordination
- Provision of suitable management strategies (i.e. stewarding, crowd control, match day safety arrangements, evacuation procedures, contingency plans, etc.)
The certificate holder is under a legal obligation to comply with all terms and conditions contained within the certificate. Certificates are issued to last indefinitely or alternatively may contain an expiry date. Under the legislation the local authority has ongoing control and powers of enforcement so as to ensure reasonable standards of safety are maintained.
The legislation allows for the issue of prohibition notices to prevent spectator access to any sports ground or part when it is considered a safety risk is immediate.
Further information is available from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority website.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
The Environment Department
Food and Safety Team
Hammersmith Town Hall
020 8753 1081