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Set Up a Security Agency in Ireland

Set Up a Security Agency in Ireland

In order to open a company in Ireland that operates as a security agency, the company’s representatives will have to follow the regulations prescribed by the Private Security Authority (PSA), the main regulator of this sector. The main rule of law applicable to security agencies is given by the Private Security Services Act 2004. Our specialists in company incorporation matters can give you more details abou this law.

Depending on the types of activities developed by the Irish company operating in the security sector will also be required to obtain special licenses, which are issued by the PSA. Our team of specialists in company formation in Ireland can offer in-depth assistance on the procedure of obtaining business licenses and permits

What types of security activities need a license in Ireland? 

Not all security activities developed in Ireland need a permit but, as a general rule, companies operating as security agencies will need a license if they perform certain activities, as prescribed by the Private Security Services Act 2004Our team of Irish company formation agents can advise on the following activities that do need a PSA license

  • security guarding – protecting buildings or the delivery of large amounts of money;
  • door security – security measures that protect the entrance of various types of buildings;
  • alarm installation and maintenance or CCTV (closed circuit television) installation and maintenance;
  • access control and maintenancealarm monitoring or alarm receiving centers

It is important to know that certain categories of employees working in security agencies will also need a license issued by the PSA. This is applicable to employees who work as security guardsdoor guards or who handle the transportation of large amounts of money, for example, in the case of money transfer from a bank.  

The following video created by our company formation experts offers a short presentation on the registration of an Irish security agency:

Requirements for security guards in Ireland – presented by our Irish company formation experts 

The personnel of a security agency has to apply for a license in the above mentioned situations. Such employees will need to provide a set of documents to the PSA, including their certificates that attest the right to perform this type of activity, as well as a proof on the fact that they have successfully completed the training imposed for the respective profession. 

Businessmen are invited to contact our team of Irish company formation consultants for more details concerning the registration of a security agency, as well as on other related matters, such as the taxation system available for this type of business and the registration for social security.