Since 20 March 2006 operators of Public Space Surveillance CCTV have required a CCTV licence issued by the SIA. According to the SIA, organizations undertaking CCTV surveillance also need to ensure a minimum of 85% of their CCTV operators hold a valid licence at all times.
DO I NEED CCTV LICENCE?
A very common question regarding the operation of CCTV, is in what exact circumstances does a CCTV licence is required?
Announced by the SIA, a CCTV licence is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a public space surveillance (CCTV) operative and your services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer. In specific, a CCTV License is required where the operator carries out any of the following:
- Actively monitor the activities of a member of the public
- Use CCTV equipment (cameras) to identify (focus or track or look for) a particular individual
- Use and playback through recorded CCTV equipment to identify individuals or to investigate the activity of individuals.
Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is illegal to undertake the licensable activities of a public space surveillance CCTV operative without an SIA licence.
In some circumstances a door supervisor may conduct all front line duties including camera monitoring. A CCTV licence therefore is not necessary in the following scenarios:
- Where cameras are used to solely identify and monitor the activities of intruders/trespassers onto a site
- For the protection of buildings and/or vehicles against theft or damage to the actual premises or property.
COST OF CCTV LICENCE
Your CCTV licence lasts for three year with a licence application fee of £220. The fee is to cover the cost of processing your application and is not refundable. If you pay your own licence fee, you can claim tax relief - worth £49 for basic rate tax payers. If you are an employer paying an employee’s licence fee, there will be no tax or National Insurance liability.
50% discount: Some people may need more than one licence; in such cases the second licence will be discounted by 50%. See more information about the licensing discount.
CCTV TRAINING & LICENCE APPLICATION
The SIA's CCTV licence requires candidates to undergo formal training and assessment
The CCTV training course runs over 3 days and contains 3 Units:
Working in the Private Security Industry
Working as a CCTV Operator
Practical Use of CCTV Systems.
Get Licensed, the UK's No.1 online marketplace in SIA training, have helped thousands of customers begin their careers as a CCTV operator. Upon successfully completing this course and pass two exams you will achieve the qualification and be able to apply for a CCTV Licence which allows you to legally work in the private security industry in the UK.
To get your CCTV license you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass an identity check
- Pass a criminal record check
Read more about the SIA Licence Application Process
The SIA will accept your CCTV licence renewals up to four months before your current licence expires.
If your application for renewal is successful and is processed before your existing CCTV licence expires, you will not be disadvantaged as the new licence will expire three years after your current licence expires. A licence renewal costs the same as a new application (£220).
See more information about licence renewal
In some cases, the SIA allows the individuals who meet licensing criteria for one licensable activity to carry out other licensable activities.
People who have a close protection licence can work as door supervisors.
People who have a door supervisor licence can work as security guards, CCTV operators, and keyholders.
Learn more about SIA licensing integration.