Last updated:
5 September 2017

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

Print, complete and return the application below.

Application for a Storage Licence (PDF, 314KB)

3 Fees

Fees must be submitted with your application. The Health and Safety Executive has information on the fees that are chargeable

The fees vary depending on the quantity of explosives you wish to store and the length of time the licence is issued for.

Lower fees apply for the renewal of existing licences.

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