Safety at sports grounds

Building Control are responsible for enforcing the recommendations contained in the 'Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds' published by the Stationery Office and often known as the Green Guide. The guide lays down detailed advice related to such matters as adequate structure, provisions of gangways, fire escapes, crash barrier design and engineering services, all necessary to comply with the acts.

When all matters related to safety are in place a safety certificate can be issued.

Sports stadiums and arenas are unique, and an in depth understanding of safety at sports grounds legislation is a must when providing building control services for these projects.

Local authorities are the only body that can provide building control on safety at sports grounds and are responsible for providing advice and guidance on:

  • access for the disabled
  • crowd control
  • means of escape
  • stadia capacity
  • structural stability.