Security Business – Licensing Information and Process
Under the Security Services Act, all businesses providing security services must hold a valid B.C. Security Business Licence. There are many requirements that must be met before applying for a licence, and a number of conditions that must be followed once you receive your licence. This section of the website covers all aspects of security business licensing.
Navigating this section of the website
All information relating to the licensing process of security businesses is contained in the section of the website. See navigation on the left to view all pages in this section.
On the left navigation bar is a resource section that provides supporting information you may wish to draw upon when you are going through the many processes.
- Legislation and Policy – a page of links to the various official documents on which the licensing process is based: Security Services Act, Security Services Regulations, Criminal Code of Canada, Code of Conduct, and the Security Licensing Processes and Licence Conditions Policies.
- Definitions – Whenever you need clarification of a term used on this site, refer to the definitions page. Specific, legal definitions are also provided in the act and regulations.
An important resource is the guide "Getting and Keeping your Security Business Licence". You can download the guide from the Forms and Guide page. You can download and print the full guide or just the pages you need. It explains all the necessary steps you need to take before you apply for a security business licence, describes all the documentation you need to send in, where to get forms, how to complete them, and how to submit your application package. Sending in an application package that is incomplete will delay the process — your package will be returned to you unprocessed. Use the Guide!
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