If you work in one of the roles listed below in England, Wales and Scotland (and in Northern Ireland
from the date when licensing takes effect) or employ someone who works in one of those roles, you
may need an SIA licence. This booklet tells you when a licence is required and what you need to do to
apply for one.
- Manned guarding including
– Cash and valuables in transit
– Close protection
– Door supervision
– Public space surveillance CCTV
– Security guarding
For those working in a licensable security role or supplying unlicensed security staff, without an SIA
licence the penalties are:
• summary conviction at a Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff Court or District Court: a maximum penalty
of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, or
• trial on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial (for
supplying unlicensed staff only), an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.
||The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry, reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Full details of the main licenses needed by contract security staff in Retail (Security Guarding and Public Space Surveillance for CCTV)are available on the SIA website.