Joint Consultation - A Wider Definition of Safety

Due to a significant interest and a number of requests, the deadline for responding to the joint consultation has been extended until Friday 19 May 2017. 

One of the SGSA’s roles as the national regulator is to ensure that the regulatory system is working and to regularly review it to ensure it is fit for purpose for the current context and for the future. This is an important part of being a proactive, forward-looking regulator.

Aware of the changing context described above, the SGSA has reviewed the primary legislation which sets out how safety at sports grounds should be regulated, and the remit of the SGSA and local authorities. To inform our consideration of these issues the SGSA has obtained legal advice.

This consultation sets out the SGSA’s view on what safety means in today’s context, and how we believe it should be regulated, and seeks the views of stakeholders on potential implications for local authorities, sports grounds, and the SGSA. Following the consultation, the SGSA will publish a consultation summary and set out its response and planned next steps.

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority welcomes comments on this consultation document from all stakeholders who may be interested.

The consultation document | The response form

The closing date for responses is now Friday 19 May.

You can respond to the consultation using our online survey:

Alternatively, you can send your comments by email to

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