REGULATION OF PRIVATE SECURITY AGENCIES ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Registration of persons carrying on business of Private Security Agencies.

3. Appointment of Competent Authority.

4. Application for registration of persons carrying on business of Private Security Agencies.

5. Issue of licenses.

6. Register to be maintained by Competent Authority.

7. Manner of conduct of business by person licensed under this Act.

8. Duty of person registered under this Act to inform Competent Authority of cessation of business.

9. Any change in particulars in the application for registration to be notified to Competent Authority.

10. Renewal of licence.

11. Cancellation of licence.

12. Appeals against refusal to register, cancellation.

13. Directions.

14. Powers of entry.

15. Carrying on business of a private security Agency without licence, an offence.

16. Miscellaneous offences.

17. Offences by bodies of persons.

18. Regulations.

19. For the avoidance of doubt.

20. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

21. Interpretation.

45 of 1998.

AN ACT to regulate and control the carrying on of the business of Private Security Agencies and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 19th August, 1998]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Regulation of Private Security Agencies Act.

2. Registration of persons carrying on business of Private security Agencies.

From and after the appointed date no person shall carry on the business of a Private Security Agency except under the
authority of, and otherwise than in accordance with
the terms and conditions of, a licence issued in that behalf under the provisions of this Act:

Provided that any person who prior to the appointed date was carrying on the business of a Private Security Agency may continue to do so for a period of six months from such date, but shall within such period apply for registration, and obtain a licence under the provisions of this Act.

3. Appointment of Competent Authority.

(1) There shall be appointed, by name or by office, for the purposes of this Act—

(a) A Competent Authority; and

(b) Such number of officers and servants as may be necessary to assist the Competent Authority in the implementation of the provisions of this Act.

(2) The Competent Authority may where he considers it necessary for the efficient implementation of the provisions of this Act, delegate all or any of the powers conferred on him by this Act, to the District Secretary appointed for a district, so however, that the Competent Authority shall be responsible for any act or thing done, or omitted to be done, by such District Secretary in the exercise of the powers delegated to him under this section.

4. Application for registration of persons carrying on business of Private Security Agencies.

(1) Every application for registration under this Act shall be made to the Component Authority in the prescribed form, by a person carrying on, or proposing to carry on the business of a Private Security Agencies and shall be accompanied by a declaration by the applicant that the particulars contained in the application are to the knowledge and belief of the applicant, true and accurate.

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