How we authorise

Find out how we authorise firms and individuals, acting as the gateway for firms and individuals who want to operate in the financial market.

It is vital that firms and individuals offering financial services run their businesses in the best interests of consumers and uphold the integrity of the financial services industry. We are responsible for authorising, supervising and taking action where needed against firms and individuals who undertake financial services activities.

Firms offering these ‘regulated activities’ have to be authorised or registered by us, unless they are specifically exempt.

Meeting our requirements

Applicants have to meet a range of requirements for registration before we allow them to operate in the market. We review their business plans, risks, budgets, resources, systems, controls and whether key staff have the necessary qualifications, experience and ability to carry out their roles effectively.  They must meet these requirements before we will authorise or register them.

Authorising consumer credit firms

In April 2014 we took over responsibility for regulating consumer credit firms from the Office of Fair Trading. The authorisation process for transferring these firms will conclude in 2016/17.

Getting authorised

If you want to see if your firm should be authorised or registered, what forms you will need to supply and what fees you will have to pay, see our firms pages on authorisation