The Private Security Authority
 

Licensing Information

Employee Licensing Division can by contacted by email at licensing@psa.gov.ie 

Contractor Licensing can be contacted at the following Telephone No's (062) 32628 / 32624 / 32614 / 32612 or by email at contractors@psa.gov.ie

Information also available on our FAQ Page

TYPES OF LICENCE

Two types of licence are issued by the Authority:

  • Contractor Licences are required by companies, partnerships and sole traders providing security services in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Individual Licences (Employee Licences) are required by all those working in the security sector within the state whether employed by a licensed contractor or directly by a business as in house security personnel.

Licences are issued for a period of two years.

 

Contractor Licences

The Authority currently licences contractors in the following sectors:

·         Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises)

·         Security Guard (Static)

·         Intruder Alarm (Installation & Maintenance)

·         Security Guard (Monitoring Centre)

·         Cash In Transit

·      Access Control (Installation & Maintenance) from 1st October 2012

·      CCTV (Installation & Maintenance) from 1st October 2012

Individual Licences

 

Licences are required by  individuals working in the Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) and Security Guard (Static) sectors.

Licensing of other sectors is currently being developed and will be announced in due course.

APPLYING FOR AN INDIVIDUAL (EMPLOYEE) LICENCE

Applications for an individual licence require the following:

·         Completed Application Form

·         Prescribed Licence Fee (see COST OF AN EMPLOYEE LICENCE below)

·         Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport or Driving Licence

·         Completed Garda Vetting Form

·         Foreign Criminal Record Certificate if you have spent 6 months or more in a foreign jurisdiction

·         Evidence of attainment of the required training qualification (see TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EMPLOYEE LICENCE below)

Employee Application Packs can be downloaded from the Forms Tab on the left side of this page.

Completed Applications together with the prescribed fee should be sent to: The Private Security Authority, Davis Street, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary.

The Authority does not accept incomplete applications and these will be returned to applicants.

COST OF AN EMPLOYEE LICENCE

 Employee Licence Fees are as follows:

Door Supervisor (licensed premises) licence        €130                     

Security Guard (static) licence                             €80                     

Both Sectors (Applied for at the same time)         €190

 Fees should be made payable to the Private Security Authority

TRAINING REQUIRED FOR AN EMPLOYEE LICENCE

The table below sets out the training requirements which are required for licensing purposes. Further information on training can be found in the Training & Standards Tab on the left of this page.

Category Of Licence

Minimum Training Requirement

Door Supervisor (licensed premises) Licence

Door Security Procedures QQI Level 4 Minor Award (4N1114) or equivalent.

 

Security Guard (static) Licence

Guarding Skills QQI Level 4 Minor Award (4N1118) or equivalent.

 

 

The Authority will accept the following as evidence of  having attained the relevant training qualification;

- A copy of your QQI certificate or equivalent qualification

 

- A Notification of Completion of QQI Award Form (Form TRF) from a QQI accredited training provider. (A list of accredited providers is available on our Training & Standards Tab).

RENEWING AN EMPLOYEE LICENCE

Individual (Employee) Licences are issued for a period of two years. To renew a licence the following items are required:

           

             -  Completed Application Form

             -  Prescribed Licence Fee

             -  Completed Garda Vetting Form (Form GVR)

 

and if a licence holder has resided outside of the country since the 1st January 2007 and has not already provided us with a Criminal Record Certificate for this period,

 

             -  Foreign Criminal Record Certificate

 

The vetting form is different from the one completed by new applicants. Licence holders will be required to complete vetting form GVR and to provide all their addresses from the 1st January 2007.

 

Licence holders who wish to add a sector to their licence must includ e evidence (in the required format) of having completed the training with the renewal application.

 

The Licence Fee for renewals is the same as first time applicants at €130 for DSP, €80 for SGS and €190 for both sectors.

 

You can download the Employee Renewal Pack which provides all forms required to renew a licence.

IDENTITY BADGES

Since the 1st September 2009, all licensed individuals must wear an identity badge at all times while providing a security service. This is a legal reguirement and is set down in section 30 of the Private Security Services Act 2004. Failure to wear a badge may result in you being prosecuted and facing a fine of up to €3,000. 

The identity badge must be clearly visible at all times and displayed on the upper torso (above the stomach and below the neck). The following is not acceptable:

 

  • Hanging the badge from a belt around the waist.
  • Clipping the badge behind a neck tie.
  • Placing the badge in a shirt pocket or jacket pocket.
  • Placing the badge under a jumper or jacket.

Failure to wear the badge in the correct manner may result in your licence being revoked.

Guidelines on identity badges are available here

REPLACEMENT LICENCES AND/OR IDENTITY CARDS

The Authority will issue duplicate documents where contractor licences and individual licences and identity cards are lost or stolen. Applications for duplicate licences and/or identity cards should be made on form PSA D1/2011. 

 

The completed form should be brought to the Garda Station nearest to where the item(s) were lost/stolen and reported to An Garda Siochana. The form should be signed and stamped by An Garda Siochana. The completed form together with a fee of €20 (payable to the Private Security Authority) should be sent to the Private Security Authority, Davis Street, Tipperary Town.

(Download Form PSA D1/2011 here)

OUR GUIDELINES ON CRIMINALITY (FIT & PROPER ASSESSMENT)

The Authority has replaced its previous guidelines on criminality with new guidelines on fit and proper assessments. The new guidelines apply to all new applications received after the 19th March 2012 and in the case of licence holders, to all matters not previously disclosed to or considered by the Authority.The guidelines apply to both contractors and individuals.  

The following are the headings under which the fit and proper assessment will be applied:

  • criminal convictions and cases pending a court hearing,
  • person subject to an investigation by An Garda Siochana, Health Service Executive, Criminal Assets Bureau or any other Government Body or Agency with the authority to carry out investigations,
  • person subject to an investigation by a relevant authority in another Member State of the European Union in circumstances where the person seeks to provide a security in the State in accordance with Part 7 of the Act,
  • compliance with the various Companies Acts and any other statutory provisions of being a body corporate,
  • compliance with Revenue and Social Welfare provisions,
  • compliance with the Joint Labour Committee Employment Regulation Legislation,
  • compliance with the Private Security Services Acts, licensing regulations and any standards or qualifications relating to licensing,
  • any previous Private Security Services Licence held, applications made for a licence or investigations conducted by the Authority's Enforcement Division,
  • any actions, suspensions or revocations issued by the Authority,
  • compliance with the provisions of any Regulatory Body or subject to a current  investigation by such a body,
  • any matter where in the view of the Authority the issuing of a licence would pose a risk to the safety and welfare of the public,
  • any other such matter which the Authority deems relevant to the issuance of a licence.

 A copy of the guidelines are available here

WHAT HAPPENS IF APPLICANT OR LICENSEE HAS CONVICTIONS.

 

The Private Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations in May 2012 now states that an applicant for a licence, or a licensee, who has been convicted of an offence shall now notify the Authority in writing within 7 days of the Court imposing sentence of:

(a) the conviction for the offence,

(b) the name and address of the applicant or licensee,

(c) the licence number or application number assigned by the Authority,

(d) the offence to which the conviction relates, the place and date of the court sitting and the sentence imposed by the court, and be accompanied by a copy of the order of the Court in respect of any conviction.

OBLIGATION TO ADVISE AUTHORITY OF CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

The Private Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2012 states that an applicant for a licence, or a licensee, shall notify the Authority in writing within 7 days of any change in the following particulars:  They can do so by emailing the Authority's Licensing Division at licensing@psa.gov.ie

A change of circumstances would include any one of the following:

For Contractors:

            (a) change of name;

            (b) change of address;

            (c) change of telephone number; 

            (d) shareholders or directors of a company; where the applicant or licensee is a  

                 company,     

            (e) change of legal status of a company, where the applicant or licensee is a company,

            (f) change of partner, in the case of a partnership,

            (g) appointment of liquidator/receiver,

            (h) cessation of business,

 

For Employees

            - change of name,

            - change of address,

            - telephone number,

            - criminal conviction,

            - case pending against you in any court,

            - arrest for any offence which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years or more.

APPLYING FOR A CONTRACTOR LICENCE

Applications for a contractor licence require the following:

·         Completed Application Form

·         Prescribed Licence Fee (see COST OF A CONTRACTOR LICENCE below)

·         Current Tax Clearance Certificate

·         Certificate of Incorporation (for companies)

·         Certificate of Business Name (where the trade/business name is different to the name of the beneficial owner of the business)

·         Garda Vetting Form for each of the principals (directors of companies, partners in partnerships, sole trader, shareholder with a holdi ng of 20% or gre ater)

·         Foreign Criminal Record Certificate for any director, partner or sole trader who has spent 6 months or more in a foreign jurisdiction

·         Evidence of attainment of the required standard (see STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR CONRACTORS LICENCE below)

Contractor Application Packs can be downloaded from the Forms Tab on the left side of this page.

Completed Applications together with the prescribed fee should be sent to: The Private Security Authority, Davis Street, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary.

The Authority does not accept incomplete applications and these will be returned to applicants.

COST OF A CONTRACTOR LICENCE (Effective from 1st January 2014)

The licence fee consists of two components – an administration fee and a turnover fee which is based on the turnover of the contractor across all licensable sectors. Thus a contractor operating in more than one sector will pay one administration fee and a turnover fee based on the combined turnover across each area of activity.

 

New entrants to the security industry (those without a turnover in licensable sectors) only pay the administration fee of €1,000.

 

Contractors who operate in a number of licensable sectors should combine their turnover from each sector before calculating the turnover fee.

The two year licence fee is chargeable on the annual combined turnover, on the following basis:

Administration Fee €1,000

 

Turnover < €10                            €0     Total   €1,000

Turnover < €300,000                €250     Total   €1,250

 

Turnover < €625,000              €1,250     Total   €2,250

 

Turnover < €1,250,000           €2,500     Total   €3,500

 

Turnover < €3,750,000           €5,000     Total   €6,000

 

Turnover < €10,000,000         €9,000     Total €10,000

 

Turnover < €20,000,000       €19,000     Total  €20,000

 

Turnover > €20,000,000       €25,000     Total  €26,000

 

 

Fee should be made payable to the Private Security Authority 

STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR CONTRACTORS LICENCE

The table below sets out the standards which must be complied with for licensing purposes by the sectors currently subject to PSA licensing:

SECTOR

Relevant Quality Management Standard

Relevant Product or Technical Standard

Door Security, Security Guarding (Static)

PSA 28:2013

N/A

Installers of Intruder Alarms

SR40

IS EN 50131-1 and IS EN 50131-7

Alarm Receiving Centres

SR41

IS 228

Cash-in-Transit

IS 998

PSA CIT1:2007

Access Control

SR40

N/A

CCTV

SR40

PSA 2006:12 Requirements For CCTV Installation

 

 

WHAT QUALIFIES AS ACCESS CONTROL FOR LICENSING PURPOSES

 

The definition of Access Control as defined in S.I. No: 144 of 2012 states:

 

“ installer of security equipment (access control) “ means a person who installs, maintains, repairs or services security equipment that consists of electronic or other devices designed, constructed or adapted to control or record access by persons or vehicles to or within premises where such equipment is situated"

Access Control is further defined in S.I. No: 145 of 2012 as follows:

 

“ access control “ means the control or recording of access by persons or vehicles to or within premises by means of-

      (a)   Personal identity verification, including by means of biometrics

      (b)   Vehicle identification

      (c)    Numerical codes

      (d)   Alphabetical codes

      (e)   Access or other card management, or

      (f)    Electronic key management,

or any combination of such means.

 

HOW ACCESS CONTROL APPLIES IN PRACTICE

What is licensable?

 

The PSA has provided a guidance note on Access Control which is available here.

HOW CCTV APPLIES IN PRACTICE

What is licensable?

The PSA has provided a guidance note on CCTV which is available here.

     

TEMPORARY LICENCE FOR NEW ENTRANTS TO CCTV AND INTRUDER ALARM SECTORS

 

The Exemption Orders for new entrants to the Intruder Alarm Sector have ceased and been replaced by a Temporary Licence. Applicants who have already been issued with an Exemption Order to install alarms will continue to operate under that scheme.

 

A new entrant to the CCTV and Intruder Alarm sectors cannot achieve the required standards unless he completes the installation of a number of security systems. As the installation of CCTV and Intruder Alarm systems without a licence is an offence the contractor must apply for a Temporary Licence from the PSA to install these systems.

 

The Temporary Licence must be applied for in conjunction with an application for a licence and in advance of any systems being installed.

 

Before a temporary licence can issue the applicant must:

    • Lodge a completed application form

    • Pay the prescribed fee

    • Provide a valid Tax Clearance Certificate

    • Provide completed Garda Vetting Form(s)/Criminal Record Certificate(s)(if applicable)

    • Provide a Certificate of Incorporation (The certificate should be dated not more than 4 weeks prior to the application being lodged with the PSA)

    • Provide a Certificate of Business Name

    • and provide the name of the certification body who will audit his installations and evidence of having applied to the certification body for certification.

Applications from new entrants to the Installer of Security Equipment sectors who do not comply with these requirements will have their application rejected.

 

It is an offence under Section 37 of the Private Security Services Act to provide a security service without a licence. A new entrant to the Installer of Security Equipment sectors should not engage in any licensable activity until they are in possession of a valid temporary licence issued by the PSA.

 

Further details on Temporary Licences are available here.

RENEWING A CONTRACTOR LICENCE

Contractor Licences are issued for a period of two years. To renew a licence the following items are required:

 

         -    Completed Application Form 

         -     Prescribed Licence Fee (See COST OF A CONTRACTOR LICENCE above)

         -     Current Tax Clearance Certificate

         -     Evidence of attainment of the required standard

         -     Recent auditors certificate of turnover for each sector or letter from

                accountant.

 

Foreign Criminal Record Certificates are not required, if previously supplied and provided no person who is required to be vetted has resided outside Ireland for 6 months or more during the term of the licence.

 

The Certificate of Incorporation and the Certificate of Business Name are not required if there has been no change in details since original application.

 

You can download the Contractors Renewal Pack from the Forms tab on the top left of this page.

INSTALMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS

The PSA provides an instalment payment facility for contactors who are having difficulty paying their licence fee. The facility is available to first time applicants or contractors with a turnover below €150,000.

To qualify for the facility a contractor must meet the following conditions: 

  • where renewing a licence, the contractor must lodge an application to renew a licence 21 days in advance of the expiry of the existing licence, 
  • the contractor's annual turnover must not be more than €150,000, 
  • the contractor must apply to the PSA in writing to avail of the instalment facility, 
  • the contractor must sign an agreement with the PSA to abide by the terms of the instalment facility. 

The following facilities are available.

 

Where the fee is €1,000, a first payment of €400 followed by 3 payments of €200, payable on the 2nd, 4th and 6th months following the first payment. 

 

Where the fee is €1,250 a first payment of €350 followed by 4 payments of €225, payable on the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th months following the first payment. 

 

Payment will be by cheque only with one in-date cheque and all post-dated cheques being lodged when the instalment agreement is signed and returned to the PSA. Contractors who fail to keep to the terms of the instalment agreement will have their licence revoked.

 

 

 

The Private Security Authority