Close Protection

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An SIA licence is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a close protection operative and your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.

Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is a criminal offence to undertake the licensable activities of a close protection operative without an SIA licence. An exemption is applicable only where the company in question has been granted approved contractor status by the SIA and the other conditions of Section 4(4) have also been met. Every condition must be met for this section to be applied.

More information about Section 4(4)

Cost of a Licence

The licence application fee is £220 for a three year licence. The fee is to cover the cost of processing your application and is not refundable.

If you pay your own licence fee you will be able to claim tax relief against your taxable income - for example, if you pay the basic rate of tax the relief is currently worth £44. Please visit the HMRC website- this link opens in a new window for more information. If you are an employer paying the licence fee on behalf of an employee there will be no tax or National Insurance liability.

50% discount: Some people may need more than one licence; in such cases the second licence will be discounted by 50%.

More information about the discount

Licence Integration

In some cases, we are satisfied that the licensing criteria to be met for one licensable activity are sufficient to allow a licensed individual to carry out other licensable activities.

More information about licence integration

Get Licensed Booklet

Cover of the 'Get Licensed' booklet

Our 'Get Licensed' booklet (download size: 519kb) contains information about licensing for close protection operatives.

Changes from the previous edition are detailed here.

 

 

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