Protect Yourself and Your Business from a possible prosecution:
From the 1st October 2012, contractors installing or maintaining CCTV systems and Access
Control systems will require a licence from the Private Security Authority (PSA).
The extension of licensing to CCTV and Access Control is a major milestone for the PSA
and marks the completion of licensing for contractors in the electronic security sector. The
licensing of these new sectors has been in development for several years and has involved
consultation with all the industry stakeholders.
In order to obtain a licence from the PSA, a contractor must prove compliance with
national and European standards, be tax compliant and undergo criminal record checking.
A licence granted by the PSA is valid for two years and a register of licence holders is
available on the PSA website –
It will now be an offence under the Private Security Services Acts to install, maintain,
service or repair a CCTV system or Access Control system without a licence. Penalties
range from fines of up to €3,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months
Similarly, any person employing an unlicensed CCTV or Access Control contractor will
also be breaking the law and subject to prosecution. A person includes householders and
The PSA is the statutory body responsible for the licensing and regulation of the private
security industry in Ireland. The PSA already licences contractors who provide the
following services;
Intruder Alarm Installation and Maintenance
Security Guarding
Door Supervision
Cash In Transit
Intruder Alarm Monitoring