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Explosives licence

Any person planning to keep explosives such as fireworks, safety cartridges or vehicle airbag detonators is required by law to have a current licence.

We license and inspect premises that store up to 2000kg of explosives which do not require an explosives certificate (including fireworks and small arms ammunition).

Amounts that don't require a license

If you store less than 5kg of explosives that don't require an explosives certificate or less than 15kg of small arms ammunition, you don't need to be licensed. Certain exemptions apply to the short-term storage of fireworks, please contact us.

Storing between 5kg and 2,000kg

If you wish to store between 5kg and 2,000kg (Net Explosive Quantity NEQ) you will require an explosive license.

How much will it cost?

Licenses are valid for up to five years and are not transferable from one person to another. The current fees are:

Explosives licence fees - storage of up to 250kg NEQ

Explosives license fees - storage of up to 2,000kg NEQ
 Duration New application Renewal
1 year  £109  £54
2 years  £141  £86
3 years  £173  £120
4 years  £206  £152
5 years

 £238

 £185

Explosives licence fees - storage between 250kg and 2,000kg NEQ

Explosives licence fees - storage between 250kg and 2,000kg NEQ
 Duration New application Renewal
 1 year  £185  £86
 2 years  £243  £147
 3 years  £304  £206
 4 years  £374  £266
 5 years  £423  £326

Other fees

Other fees when applying for an explosives licence
 Reason Cost
 Varying name of licensee or address of site  £36
 Transfer of licence/replacement of licence  £36
 Any other kind of variation  Reasonable cost of having the work carried out

To apply you can download an application form:

Explosive Licence application (form ER1)

Selling fireworks to the public

Fireworks may only be sold at certain times of the year:

  • the first day of the Chinese New Year and 3 days immediately before it
  • the day of Diwali and the 3 days immediately before it
  • from the 15 October to 10 November
  • from 26 December to 31 December

If you want to sell fireworks outside of these times you will need an additional licence for each premises at which fireworks are supplied or exposed for supply. This licence costs £500. To apply you can download an application:

Application to licence premises to supply adult fireworks (all year round - form EXP7)

Guidance

Health and Safety Executive have further guidance if you have any questions.

Alternatively please contact Trading Standards on 01305 224702.

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