Dec 15, 2023
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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) follows a rigorous process for issuing SIA licences, including strict criminal checks to ensure only the right individuals get the licences. However, SIA has the authority to take your licence back or revoke your SIA licence for several reasons. It’s because SIA continuously strives to ensure that licence holders are not abusing the system and everything is in place. So if you no longer meet our licensing criteria set by SIA, your licence will likely be revoked. SIA publishes an annual SIA Revoked Licence List containing the total number of licences suspended and revoked in a year.
In this blog, I’ll discuss the SIA revoked licence list. Furthermore, I’ll also discuss suspending and revoking your SIA licence in detail.
Every year, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) releases the total number of licences that have been revoked and suspended. The latest report was published on 20th January 2023, reporting numbers from 2022. However, the report for the year 2023 is expected to be published in the early months of 2024.
As SIA strives to ensure safety, in most cases, SIA will suspend a licence if public safety is under threat because of the licence holder. The major reason is if the holder commits an offence that comes under the category of a “Serious Offence”.
In the blog, “What are the SIA Criminal Checks?” I’ve talked about serious offences. Read this blog to learn about serious offences.
More precisely, SIA will revoke your licence if the holder:
Other than these conditions, SIA reserves the right to revoke a licence if the holder:
The following offences can result in suspending your SIA licence, though other offences may apply.
For any reason, if SIA decides to revoke your licence, they will send you a letter to inform you about it. In the letter, you can also check why your licence was revoked. Once you receive a letter, you must respond within 21 days.
You can also use a SIA licence checker tool to find information about the status of your current SIA licence. Read our blog, “A Comprehensive Guide to the SIA Licence Checker”, to learn about a SIA licence checker.
If your SIA licence gets suspended, you won’t be allowed to work legally in any licensable sector. Though suspension of your licence is a temporary measure taken by SIA to reevaluate their decision, the licence suspension will take effect immediately. Upon your licence suspension, you’ll have 21 days to exercise your right of appeal to a Magistrates’ Court or Sheriff Court.
Yes, you will be allowed to work, as your licence remains valid during the appeal process. However, you won’t be allowed to continue working if your licence has been suspended.
What happens if I don’t respond to the letter from SIA?
If you do not respond to the letter you receive from SIA within 21 days, your licence will be revoked. In that case, you will get an extension of 21 days to appeal to a Magistrates’ Court or Sheriff Court.
Can I get my SIA licence back if it’s been revoked?
When your SIA licence is revoked, you have the right to lodge an appeal to a Magistrates’ Court or Sheriff Court within 21 days. The court will then hear your case, and if you successfully defend it, you can get your SIA licence back.
Getting your SIA licence revoked or suspended is a big deal, as you won’t be legally allowed to work in the licensable sector. While you carry out the licence application process, try to be very careful and don’t miss out on any requirements that may result in having your licence suspended or revoked.
Remember, SIA licence suspension is not a punishment for you; it’s a temporary measure SIA takes to look into your case. However, you won’t be allowed to work until you get back your licence.
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