Role of The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Delivering policy for sport and leisure in Northern Ireland and working closely with Sport Northern Ireland.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) may, by regulations,:

  • Prescribe the procedure for the issue, amendment, replacement, transfer, and cancellation of safety certificates.
  • Prescribe fees to be charged in respect of applications or the cancellation of safety certificates.
  • Prescribe the times for appeals to be brought.
  • Prescribe that records be kept of the attendance of spectators at fixtures and relating to the safety at sports grounds.

Role of Sport Northern Ireland

  • To monitor performance of District Council staff in the execution of the certification process and regulation process that will ensure appropriate levels of safety are adopted at larger venues and structures in Northern Ireland.
  • To provide technical/legal advice, including drafting of guidance material to all relevant parties. they will liaise with interest groups i.e. emergency services and keep themselves updated in the development of the field of safety at sporting venues.
  • To promote a culture of safety at sporting events.

Role of Venue Operators

  • Overall responsibility for the safety at sports grounds.
  • To comply with the terms and conditions of a safety certificate.
  • To comply with the requirements of the Safety of Sports Grounds (NI) Order 2006.

Role of District Councils

  • It shall be the duty of every council to enforce, within its district, the provisions of the Safety of Sports Grounds (NI) Order 2006 and of regulations made under it, and for that purpose to arrange for the inspection of each designated sports ground within it’s district at least once every 12 months.
  • Councils should in performing its duties act in accordance with such guidance as DCAL may give them.