Security Personnel Permit (SPP)
1. Who is required to apply for an SPP?
All persons performing security work for reward must hold
a valid SPP. Any individual who does, agrees to do, or holds
himself out as doing or as available to do, security work
for another person for reward without a valid permit commits
an offence under the SGSO.
2. How to apply for an SPP?
All SPP applications should be made to the Commissioner of
Police (Police Licensing Office). Application forms for the
issue and renewal of a permit can be obtained from the Police
Licensing Office, the Authority and District Offices of the
Home Affairs Department.
Police Licensing Office
|Room 813, 8/F, Kowloon East Government Offices, 12 Lei
Yue Mun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
||12/F, Arsenal House, Police Headquarters, 1 Arsenal
Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The forms can also be downloaded from the Authority’s website –
The completed application form should be returned by post,
in person or sent in through employer to the Police Licensing
Office. An application fee is payable on application for the
issue or renewal of a permit.
More details regarding the application procedures can be
viewed in the “How to Apply” section in the Authority’s website
You can also obtain the “How to Apply – Security Personnel
Permit” pamphlet from the Authority’s office or the Police
For enquiries, please contact the Police Licensing Office
at 2860 2973.
3. Will a person with criminal offences be granted
According to the “Criteria for Issuing a Security Personnel
Permit”, no person will normally be granted a permit if he/she:–
(i) was convicted of any offence specified in column 2 of
Schedule 2 to the Security and Guarding Services Ordinance
and the penalty imposed on him/her for that offence is the
corresponding penalty specified in column 3 of that Schedule,
within 5 years before submitting his/her application; or
(ii) is currently on probation, bound over, remission or suspended
(iii) is within 3 years of release from a term of imprisonment;
(iv) was convicted of 3 or more offences within 5 years before
submitting his/her application. Offences involving fixed penalty
tickets, traffic summons, illegal hawking, article obstruction,
littering, jaywalking and failing to answer Police or Court
bail are considered minor and will be excluded.
4. Where can I check the list of security training
courses recognized under Quality Assurance System for Recognition
The list of recognized security training courses is available
on the website of the Institute of Professional Education
and Knowledge (PEAK) of the Vocational
Training Council at –
The enquiry number of the PEAK is 2919 1575.
Extension of the Age Limit for Category B Security Personnel Permit to 70: Frequently Asked Questions
||For enquiries, please call us at 2801 6181, fax to us at 2537 5118 or
visit our office at Room 813, 8/F, Kowloon East Government Offices, 12 Lei Yue Mun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
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