Assisting Licensed Premises in their work with Responsible Authorities

    Create bespoke guidance for your business

    We are working with Licensed Premises to create a more straightforward, transparent and consistent way of working. For the first time, we are bringing together all the guidance, standards and advice that is provided by Police, Local Authority Licensing Officers and other Responsible Authorities to reduce the risk and fear of crime, wherever you are in the country.

    This information will be easily available in a custom-made, online self-assessment called Licensed Premises Security and Vulnerability Initiative (Licensing SAVI).

    How we are supporting Licensed Premises

    Licensing SAVI will help you record your operational security and management practices and highlight any risks around vulnerabilities related to personal security of staff and customers and your physical building security. It also contains risk management procedures and will come with built-in advice and links to further information.

    Our online self-assessment tool will help you to:

    • save time and money by getting security and effective practices right first time
    • benchmark improvements and build on areas of existing good practice
    • form part of your new licence or variation application
    • improve the running of an existing premises
    • show how you are promoting the four licensing objectives
    • achieve high standards that ultimately increase profitability and benefit customers
    • provide the basis for the SBD Licensing SAVI Award.

    This is your confidential report, but, if you wish, you can share it with relevant third parties like Police and Local Authority Licensing Officers and it can form part of a Licensing Act 2003 application.

    Licensing SAVI is still under construction, updates on progress will be placed on this page as and when they are available. But please do contact us in the meantime with any questions about the project:

    If you are a Licensee or Premises Owner/Operator, please click here for more information.

    If you are a Police Licensing Officer, please click here for more information.

    If you are a Local Authority Representative or other Responsible Authority, please click here for more information.



    Licensed Premises Security Vulnerability Initiative logoOnce you have completed the Licensing SAVI assessment, you will have the opportunity to market this achievement by applying for the SBD Licensing SAVI Award. This is a star-rated award scheme in a similar vein to the well-known food rating system that has been in operation for a number of years. This award will show the public that you run a safe and secure premises.


    We want to make it really easy for owners of Licensed Premises to consider the questions they are likely to be asked by Police and Local Authorities so they can take steps in securing, protecting and managing their own premises.
    Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Secured by Design



    About us

    Secured by Design (SBD) is the national police crime prevention initiative. We seek to achieve sustainable reductions in crime through design and other approaches to enable people to live in a safer society. We started in 1989, providing crime prevention advice mainly in the built environment and physical security, but are now involved in a wide range of crime prevention initiatives working closely with Police Forces around the country.

    © 2018 Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Limited, Registered Company 3816000 - Registered in England and Wales. Secured by Design, SBD and related logos are trademarks of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Limited. The trademarks and the term "Police Preferred Specification" may not be reproduced without approval by Police CPI Ltd.

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