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Starting a Security Company in Hong Kong

Starting a Security Company in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a well-regulated security industry, so there are specific steps to follow if you're interested in starting a security company. Here's a breakdown of the key requirements:


  • Security Company License: This is mandatory for operating a security company in Hong Kong. Applications are handled by the Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority (SGSIA) [Hong Kong Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority].

  • Security Personnel Permits (SPP): Your security guards will each need a valid SPP issued by the Commissioner of Police [Hong Kong Police Force].

Company Requirements:

  • Registration: Your security company must be registered in Hong Kong. This involves obtaining a Certificate of Incorporation and Business Registration Certificate.

  • Financial Standing: The SGSIA will assess your company's financial health. You'll need to demonstrate sound financial backing and provide a reference from a Hong Kong bank.

  • Character Checks: The directors and controllers of your company will undergo character checks to ensure they meet good character standards.

Additional Resources:

  • Security and Guarding Services Ordinance (SGSO): This ordinance outlines the legal framework for security companies in Hong Kong [Security Bureau - Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority].

  • Starting a Business (Licensing, Registration & Regulations): This Bestar Asia webpage offers a general guide to business registration Starting a Business (Licensing, Registration & Regulations) - Bestar Asia.


  • Security Service Types: Decide what type of security services you'll offer. The SGSO categorizes security work into three types: manned guarding, cash and valuables escort, and patrol services.

  • Business Plan: Develop a comprehensive business plan that outlines your target market, service offerings, staffing strategy, and financial projections.

  • Competition: Research the existing security companies in Hong Kong to understand the competitive landscape.

Where to Apply for a Security License

You apply for a Security Company License in Hong Kong through the Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority (SGSIA). Here's some information to help:

  • SGSIA Website: The SGSIA has information about the Security Company License on their website [Hong Kong Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority].

  • Application Process: Apply online, "e-Licence", an online application on the SGSIA website. 

How to Become a Security Guard in Hong Kong

To become a security guard in Hong Kong, there are two main requirements: completing a training course and obtaining a Security Personnel Permit (SPP). Here's a breakdown of the process:


  • QAS Training Course: You must complete a Quality Assurance System (QAS) training course that meets the "Proficiency in Security Work" criteria. These courses are offered by various security training providers in Hong Kong.

  • Course Content:  The QAS training covers essential security guard skills like fire safety, crowd control, first aid, and security procedures.

Security Personnel Permit (SPP):

  • Application: Once you complete the QAS training, you can apply for an SPP through the Licensing Office of the Hong Kong Police Force [Hong Kong Police Force].

  • Eligibility:

  • Generally, you must be over 18 years old.

  • You may need a medical certificate depending on your age and security work category.

  • Pass a background check.

  • Documents Required:

  • QAS training course completion certificate.

  • Proof of identity and residence.

  • Employer letter (if applying for a specific job).

  • Medical certificate (if required).

Additional Resources:

Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

  • Security Personnel Permit: The Hong Kong Police Force website details the application process and requirements for the SPP [Hong Kong Police Force - Security Personnel Permit].

  • Security and Guarding Services Ordinance (SGSO): This ordinance outlines the legal framework for security companies in Hong Kong [Security Bureau - Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority]. This might provide more context on the licensing requirements.

By following these steps and completing the training and permit process, you'll be qualified to work as a security guard in Hong Kong.

How Bestar can Help

Bestar can be a valuable asset throughout the process of starting a security company in Hong Kong, especially when it comes to navigating the licensing process and understanding legal requirements. Here's how Bestar can help:

Security Company License Application:

  • Completeness and Accuracy:  Bestar can ensure your application for a Security Company License is complete and includes all the necessary documentation according to SGSIA regulations.

  • Legal Compliance: We can review your application to ensure it complies with all legal requirements set forth by the Security and Guarding Services Ordinance (SGSO).

  • Communication with SGSIA: If there are any questions or clarifications needed during the application process, Bestar can communicate effectively with SGSIA on your behalf.

Company Registration and Legal Structure:

  • Business Registration:  Bestar can assist with registering your security company in Hong Kong, ensuring you obtain the necessary certificates like the Business Registration Certificate.

  • Company Structure: We can advise on the most suitable legal structure for your company, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC). Each structure has its own advantages and disadvantages, and Bestar can help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

Other Legal Considerations:

  • Employment Law:  Bestar can ensure you understand and comply with Hong Kong's employment laws related to hiring and managing security guards, including minimum wage, working hours, and benefits.

  • Contract Review: We can review contracts you enter into with clients or suppliers to ensure they are fair and protect your business interests.

  • Risk Management: Bestar can help you identify potential legal risks associated with running a security company and develop strategies to mitigate them.

Overall Benefits:

  • Save Time and Effort:  Bestar can handle the complexities of the legal and regulatory framework, saving you valuable time and effort.

  • Reduce Risk of Errors:  Our expertise can minimize the risk of errors or omissions in your application or company setup, which could lead to delays or rejections.

  • Peace of Mind:  Knowing you have Bestar on your side can provide peace of mind as you navigate the legalities of starting and operating a security company.

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