Licence Conditions

SIA licences are issued subject to certain conditions, which you must abide by. If you do not we may:

  • Issue you with a written warning, which can be taken into account in future licensing or enforcement decisions.
  • Revoke or suspend your licence.
  • Prosecute you - contravening licence conditions is a criminal offence under Section 9 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the maximum penalty for which is six months imprisonment and/or a fine up to the statutory maximum.

Front Line Operatives

Front line licence holders must:

  • Wear the licence where it can be seen at all times when engaging in designated licensable activity unless you have reported it lost or stolen, or it is in our possession.*
  • Tell us and the police if your licence is lost or stolen.
  • Tell us of any convictions, cautions or warnings, or charges for relevant offences whether committed in the UK or abroad.
  • Tell us of any changes to your name or address.
  • Not deface or change the licence in any way (should your licence become damaged, you should advise us and request a replacement).
  • Not wear a licence that has been defaced or altered in any way.
  • Produce the licence for inspection on the request of any constable, any member or employee of the SIA or other person authorised by the SIA.
  • Return the licence to us if you are asked to do so.
  • Tell us of any change to your right to remain or work in the UK.

Covert Activity

* You do not have to wear your licence where it can be seen, if you can demonstrate that the nature of that conduct on that occasion requires that you should not be immediately identifiable as someone engaging in such conduct. On such occasions you must carry your licence on you and be able to produce it on request. This allows store detectives or close protection operatives to perform licensable activities without the need to be identifiable. This cannot apply to vehicle immobilisers.

Non-Front Line Staff and Keyholders

Non-front line licence holders and key holders must:

  • Tell us and the police if your licence is lost or stolen.
  • Tell us of any convictions, cautions or warnings, or charges for relevant offences whether committed in the UK or abroad.
  • Tell us of any changes to your name or address.
  • Produce the licence for inspection on the request of any constable, any member or employee of the SIA or other person authorised by the SIA.
  • Return the licence to us if you are asked to do so.
  • Not deface or alter the licence in any way or display a defaced or altered licence.
  • Tell us of any change to your right to remain or work in the UK.

Licences and/or Qualifications from Overseas

Where your licence has been granted to any extent based on an existing non-UK licence or qualification, you must:

  • Tell us of any changes to the validity of that qualification or licence.
  • Tell us of any disciplinary action taken or proposed to be taken against you in connection with that qualification or licence.

Timescales

You need to tell us within 21 calendar days of any convictions, cautions or warnings, or charges for relevant offences whether committed in the UK or abroad. You must also tell us within 21 calendar days if your licence has been lost or stolen or if there has been any change to your right to remain or work in the UK. If you do not tell us by this deadline, then you will have failed to meet the conditions of your licence.

You need to tell us of any changes to your name or address within 6 weeks (42 days) from the date of the change. If you not tell us by this deadline, then you will have failed to meet the conditions of your licence.

Vehicle Immobiliser Licences

In addition to the above, vehicle immobilisers must adhere to the following requirements when carrying out front line vehicle immobiliser activities.

A vehicle must not be clamped/blocked/towed if:

  • a valid disabled badge is displayed on the vehicle
  • it is an emergency service vehicle which is in use as such.

If you collect a release fee you must provide a receipt, which must include the following:

  • the location where the vehicle was clamped, blocked or towed
  • your own name and signature
  • your licence number
  • the date on which the vehicle was clamped, blocked or towed.