The scheme provides an efficient method for developers, builders and contractors to attain our SBD Silver Award which recognises the physical security measures incorporated into their development proposals in order to meet building regulations, planning conditions and Secured by Design requirements.

This is achieved prior to construction with members having the option to progress to our SBD Gold Award following consultation with the local police service in the area where the building is taking place.

How it works

Our NBA Silver Award

Once you’re a member all you need to do is simply register a development with us and we’ll issue a ‘Silver Certificate’ to recognise that physical security standards have been incorporated to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. You in turn could use the certificate in a number of ways, i.e. as evidence of compliance with building regulations, to discharge a planning condition or in your own media and marketing campaigns.

The opportunity to turn Silver into Gold

Many of our NBA members choose to aspire to a Gold Certificate, which recognises that crime prevention measures are not only built into the physical security of buildings but also into the surrounding layout and landscaping too. This is where we use such techniques as maximising natural surveillance, creating defensible space and limiting excessive through movement to keep people safe. However, the Gold Award can only be made after consultation with the local police force in the area where the building is taking place.

How to apply

In the first instance, email: and we will get in touch with you. 

An officially recognised certificate

Our work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, National House Building Council, Local Authority Building Control and the Building Control Alliance, means that this Silver Certificate can be used by members operating in the housing sector as evidence to discharge their third-party obligations under Part Q of Schedule 1 (Security) of the English Building Regulations 2010 and the Scottish Building Standard 4.13 – Security and Wales (Part Q Security - Dwellings). It also discharges any other obligation placed upon the build by third-parties to gain Section 2 (Physical Security) approval from our range of SBD Design Guides, such as SBD Homes, SBD Schools and SBD Commercial.

Advantages of Membership

Here is a list of our current SBD NBA Member Companies


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