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 of up to £5,000.

Front Line Operatives

Front line staff 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 as soon as practicable if your licence is lost or stolen.
  • Tell us as soon as practicable 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 as soon as practicable.
  • 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 as soon as practicable if you are asked to do so.
  • Tell us as soon as practicable 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 Operatives and Keyholders

Non-front line operatives and key holders must:

  • Tell us as soon as practicable of any convictions, cautions or warnings, or charges for relevant offences whether committed in the UK or aboard.
  • Tell us of any changes to your name or address as soon as practicable.
  • Tell us as soon as practicable 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 as soon as practicable of any changes to the validity of that qualification or licence.
  • Tell us as soon as practicable of any disciplinary action taken or proposed to be taken against you in connection with that qualification or licence.

Definition of "as soon as practicable"

In relation to these licence conditions it is the view of the SIA that" as soon as practicable" means within 21 days with the exception of the condition on changes of name and address where "as soon as practicable" means within 42 days.

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.