Private Security Legislation

The Private Security Industry Act 2001

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 outlines a system for the statutory regulation of the private security industry.

You can read the full text of the Act here. Please note that this is the published version as at 2001. Other changes to our primary legislation may occur from time-to-time in Commencement Orders or other statutory instruments.

The Act is broken down into a number of Sections and two Schedules:

Sections 1-2: Establishing the SIA

Sections 3-6: Licence Requirement

Sections 7-12: Licensing Functions of the SIA

Section 13: Local Authorities

Sections 14-18: Approved Contractor Scheme

Sections 19-22: Entry, Inspection and Demands for Information

Sections 23-26: Supplemental Matters

Schedule 1: Constitution of the SIA

Schedule 2: Licensable Activities

Commencement Orders

Commencement Order Date
Commencement Order 1 (Door Supervision) 1 April 2004
Commencement Order 2 (Door Supervision) 1 February 2004
Commencement Order 3 (Door Supervision) 4 June 2004
Commencement Order 4 (Door Supervision) 27 September 2004
Commencement Order 5 (Door Supervision) 15 November 2004
Commencement Order 6 (Door Supervision) 3 January 2005
Commencement Order 7 (Door Supervision) 13 December 2004
Commencement Order 8
(Door Supervision / Vehicle Immobilisation)
11 April 2005
Commencement Order 8 (Amendment)
(Vehicle Immobilisation)
27 February 2005
Commencement Order 9 (Vehicle Immobilisation) 3 May 2005
Commencement Order 10 (ACS) 20 March 2006

Regulations

Regulation Date
The Private Security Industry (Licences) Regulations 2007 6 April 2007
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2007 1 October 2007
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2011 1 January 2012
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Licences) Regulations 2007 (Amendment) Regulations 2009 6 April 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Licences) Regulations 2007 (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2009 1 October 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Licences) Regulations 2007 (Amendment) Regulations 2011 1 October 2011
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Approved Contractor Scheme) Regulations 2007 6 April 2007
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Approved Contractor Scheme) Regulations 2007 (Amendment) Regulations 2009 6 April 2009

Other Statutory Instruments

Statutory Instrument Date
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Duration of Licence) (No. 2) Order 2006 1 February 2007
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Duration of Licence) (No. 2) Order 2006 (Amendment) Order 2009 6 April 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2005 (Vehicle Immobilisation) 28 February 2004
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2006 11 July 2006
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2007 1 October 2007
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2009 19 November 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) Order 2006 (All currently licensable sectors) 20 March 2006
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2006 (All currently licensable sectors) 11 July 2006
Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (Scotland) Order 2007 1 November 2007
Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 1 December 2009
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2003 1 April 2003
The Licensing Scotland Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2009 17 September 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 17 November 2009

Repeals and Revocations

Order Date
Repeal and Revocation Order 2004 (Door Supervisors, Newcastle) 13 December 2004
Repeal and Revocation Order 2004 (Door Supervisors, London) 11 April 2005

Exemptions

Exemption Date
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Aviation Security) Regulations 2010 14 January 2011
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Olympics Security) Regulations 2012 1 March 2012
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Exemption) (Aviation Security) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 11 July 2012

Scotland

Commencement Order Date
Commencement Order 1 6 July 2006
Commencement Order 2 6 April 2007
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Commencement Order 7) 6 July 2006
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Commencement Order 10) 6 April 2007

Northern Ireland

Commencement Order Date
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Commencement No. 1) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 10 March 2009
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Commencement No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 22 April 2009

Directions

Direction under Section 2(1) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 Regarding the Approved Contractor Scheme (download size: 751kb)

Other Primary Legislation

Other legislation may amend the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Relevant Case Law