Capital Requirements Regulation permissions

Firms can apply to us to vary the requirements for the amount of capital they must hold, which is set out in the Capital Requirements Regulation

We have the power to exercise various discretions on firms’ capital requirements, which are available to us under the Capital Requirements Regulations (CRR). We assess applications on a case-by-case basis against the relevant CRR article or reference and, where applicable, PRA rules and supervisory statements. We will also take into account our statutory duty to promote the safety and soundness of firms.

Dual regulated firms (firms regulated by both the PRA and the FCA) must apply to the PRA for capital requirements permissions. Application fees are only required for CRR model permissions. These are set out in the Fees Part of the PRA Rulebook.

Firms should submit their application in good time, and we will try to meet request to respond by a particular date. However, this may not be possible if an application raises complex issues. We acknowledge all applications that we receive.

What should a CRR permissions application include?

We find it helpful for firms to provide the following information as part of an application for a CRR permission:

  • a list of all the entities which require the CRR permission, including any Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms
  • details of the CRR article under which the application is being made
  • detailed information about the rationale for the CRR permission, including, for example, whether it is part of a wider group transaction/restructure
  • detailed responses with respect to the CRR article conditions and relevant Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) or Implementing Technical Standards (ITS)
  • confirmation that the firm is content for the waiver/modification to be published on the Financial Services Register if approved and, if not, an explanation of why it would be inappropriate to do so, addressing the requirements set out in HMT Regulation 43 
  • important timelines.

Model change notifications

Where CRR permissions have been granted for the internal ratings based (IRB) approach, the internal model method (IMM) or the internal model approach (IMA), we expect firms notifying us of changes to such approaches to complete the following pro-forma:

Word Pro-forma for the notification of changes to IRB, IMM and IMA permissions under the CRR

What happens once a decision is reached?

If we decide to grant a CRR permission, we will issue an approval letter and a written notice setting out the permission, which entities it applies to and the time period for which it is valid.

In some cases, the approval of a CRR permission may mean we need to impose or vary a firm’s requirements under section 55M of the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA). We will consult the FCA before we do this. These requirements will be set out in the written notice. 

Published CRR permissions

We have a statutory duty to publish details of CRR permissions we approve, unless we consider it inappropriate or unnecessary to do so.

The majority of CRR permissions are published in full. Certain permissions are published in abridged form at the affected firm’s request. 

We will also update the Financial Services Register with the firm’s written notice of being granted the CRR permission.

Excel Consolidated list of CRR permission written notices as at 1 June 2018

Privacy notice

How we use your information

Information we collect

Through our authorisations forms, the Bank of England (the ‘Bank’) collects personal data about you. This personal data could include (depending on the application or notification form submitted) personal identification details, contact information, addresses, employment history and information relating to fitness and propriety such as criminal, civil and regulatory matters. Each form clearly states what personal data is being gathered. The Bank may make further enquiries and seek similar information from third parties and other data sources as we think appropriate to identify and verify information that we consider relevant to the application or notification, this could include criminal, credit and other background checks.                                                                                               

Why we need your personal data

The Bank collects personal data to process a range of authorisation applications and notifications, which include:

  • New firm authorisations
  • Senior Management and Senior Insurance Management Functions
  • Waivers and Modifications of rules
  • Variations and cancelling of Permissions
  • Change in Control
  • Standing Data
  • Passporting

This information is used to assist the Bank of England in discharging its functions, in particular the statutory functions of the Prudential Regulation Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other relevant legislation.

What we do with your personal data

In complying with applicable laws and for law enforcement purposes, we may disclose information to any government entity, regulatory authority or to any other person the Bank reasonably considers necessary. This may mean that personal data is transferred outside the European Economic Area. Otherwise, we will not disclose your information without your permission. Your personal data will be retained in accordance with the Bank’s records management schedule. 

Your rights

You have a number of rights under data protection laws.  For example, you have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal data the Bank holds about you. You can also ask us to change how we process or deal with your personal data, and you may have the right in some circumstances to have your personal data amended or deleted. To contact us about those rights, including making a request for the personal data we hold about you, or to find out more about privacy and data protection at the Bank, please see the Privacy and the Bank of England page.

This page was last updated 05 June 2018
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