Adding to SIA Licensable Activities

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 requires an individual to hold an SIA licence if they undertake any of the activities defined within Schedule 2 and designated under section 3(3) of the Act. It also gives the Secretary of State powers to add activities to Schedule 2, which would require all persons undertaking these additional activities to hold an SIA licence.

These powers are conferred by:

  • Paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 2, which says that "The Secretary of State may by order amend this Part of this Schedule for the purpose of adding or excluding any such activities as he thinks fit to or from those that fall to be regarded for the purposes of this Act as the activities of a security operative."
  • Paragraph 7(2) of Schedule 2, which says that "The Secretary of State may by order amend this Part of this Schedule for the purpose of adding or excluding any such activities as he thinks fit to or from those that fall to be regarded for the purposes of this Act as the activities subject to additional controls." This means that the requirement to hold an SIA licence when undertaking a designated activity will not be limited to services provided under contract, but will also include those activities provided 'in-house'.

We have developed an additions framework (download size: 139kb) to assist bodies wishing to apply for activities to be added to Schedule 2.

We have also developed an additions checklist (download size: 26kb) to help bodies determine if their application is likely to pass the SIA assessment phase.

Applying to Add Activities

Applications to add licensable activities should be on behalf of a specific (identifiable) sector, and should be made by or through:

  • a government department;
  • an existing regulatory body, or;
  • a recognised representative body.

Please note that we cannot accept applications from individuals or venues.

You should contact us to discuss your application before you apply, using the contact details provided in the additions framework. You will need to:

  • determine the provision of the Act under which you'll be making your application;
  • review your application against our additions checklist; and
  • submit your application to us, providing all of the information outlined in the additions framework.

For an activity to be added to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, an application must pass three assessment phases:

  1. Assessment by the SIA
  2. Assessment by the Secretary of State
  3. Consideration by Parliament

We will consider an application only if the activity poses a threat to the public.