Before 4th June 2004, door supervisors in Southampton were licensed by the city council, but this function was passed in its entirety to the Security Industry Authority, a Home Office agency, under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. It is illegal for anyone to act a door supervisor, or in one of the other regulated security roles, without being licensed by the SIA.
Information about the licensing process, complaints and information as to who holds licences can be obtained from:
The Security Industry Authority
PO Box 1293
Telephone: 0844 892 1025 (from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday)
Fax: 0844 892 0975
SIA frequently asked questions
Regulation of the Security Industry
The Security Industry Authority's remit, under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, is to regulate the following activities:
- Door supervisors - both in-house and supplied under a contract for services
- Security guards - where they are supplied under a contract for services
- Key holders - where they are supplied under a contract for services
- Close protection operatives (bodyguards) - where they supplied under a contract for services
- Cash and valuables in transit operatives - where they are supplied under a contract for services
- Public space surveillance closed-circuit television (CCTV) operatives - where they supplied under a contract for services
Please note that the city council no longer has any involvement in the licensing of security operatives - all enquiries should be directed to the Security Industry Authority.