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Decision period

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Rule 5: Decision period


The SRA must:


decide an authorisation application;


notify the applicant body of its decision;


if it decides to refuse the application, set out in the notice the reasons for the refusal;

before the end of the decision period.


The decision period is the period of 6 months beginning with the day on which the application is made to the SRA in accordance with these rules.


The SRA may, on one occasion, give the applicant body a notice (an "extension notice") extending the decision period by a period specified in the notice.




an extension notice must only be given before the time when the decision period would end, but for the extension notice; and


the total decision period must not exceed 9 months.


An extension notice must set out the reasons for the extension.

Guidance notes


See Rule 2.2 above for when an application is made.


The SRA will extend the period for making a decision if it considers this necessary for the proper consideration of the application (see paragraph 2 of Schedule 11 to the LSA).


The means of notice or notification can include any form of written electronic communication normally used for business purposes, such as emails.