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Door supervisors

All door supervisors working in licensed venues must by law be registered with the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This involves:

  • Completing an application form
  • Undergoing a criminal record bureau check
  • Successfully completing a training course.

In the past, up until 2005, the registration of door staff in licensed premises was the voluntary responsibility of the local authority and police. With the establishment of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in 2003 the responsibility for door staff licensing was passed over to the SIA. 

Today the need is for only one licence to work anywhere in England and Wales but it is against the law to work as a door supervisor without a 'front line SIA licence' or to directly employ SIA door staff without a 'Non-front line' licence.

The SIA will only grant licences to people who have the right skills and training to do the job, and who can pass a criminal background check.

SIA licences are required for the Adur and Worthing area and anywhere else in the country.