Fireworks and explosives licence

Apply for or renew your licence to store fireworks or explosives.

1 Overview

You must apply for a licence to store up to 2,000kg (net explosives content) of fireworks or explosives at a premises.

The licence allows you to store explosives all year, however the sale of fireworks is restricted to the following periods:

  • 15 October-10 November
  • 26 December-31 December 
  • on the 1st day of the Chinese New Year and the 3 days immediately preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the 3 days immediately preceding it.

If you wish to sell fireworks at other times contact us for advice as you may need an additional licence.

If you are storing more than 2,000kg (net explosives content), you will need to apply for a licence from the Health & Safety Executive.

If you are selling fireworks all year round, you will need to apply for an additional selling licence at £500. Phone Trading Standards on 01243 642124 to arrange this licence.

2 Apply for or renew a licence

Apply online

Apply for or renew your fireworks and explosives licence

Apply by post

Print, complete and return the application below. The following document is intended for printing and may not be suitable for users with assistive technologies.

Application for a Storage Licence (PDF, 300KB)

3 Fees

Licence fees vary depending on the quantity of explosives you wish to store and the length of time the licence is issued for. Lower fees also apply for the renewal of existing licences.

Details of all relevant fees can be found in the Health and Safety and Nuclear Fees Regulations 2021 (Schedule 7, Part 2)

Last updated:
13 June 2022
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