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Fireworks and explosives storage licence


You must have a licence to store fireworks and explosives up to 2000kg at a premises. If you need to store more than 20000kg of fireworks and explosives, you must apply to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for a licence. It is an offence to store or sell fireworks or explosives without a valid licence.

If you store less than 5kg of explosives, then there is no need to be licensed. 

It is your responsibility to store fireworks and explosives safety. For more information visit HSE – Storing and selling fireworks safely and HSE – Fireworks in retail premises.


Your application must include a plan to a scale suitable to show the location of the site including its surroundings (named or numbered roads, hamlets, villages or geographical features). Where the site does not have a postal address this should normally be a minimum scale of 1:25000.

If you’re displaying more than 12.5kg of fireworks, you must submit a floor plan of the area. This includes both the amount held on a shop floor sales area as well as in stock rooms or storage areas.  

For more information visit the Business Companion – Storage and supply of fireworks website.

Selling periods

You can store fireworks and explosives all year round. A storage licence can last up to 5 years, but you must pay a £500 annual fee if you choose to sell fireworks and explosives out of the normal selling periods.

Normal selling periods

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 December to 31 December
  • Chinese New Year and the three days immediately after
  • Diwali and the three days immediately after


New application costs

Length of licenceLess than 250kgMore than 250kg
1 year£119£202
2 years£154£266
3 years£190£333
4 years£226£409
5 years£260£463

Renewal application costs

Length of licenceLess than 250kgMore than 250kg
1 year£59£94
2 years£94£161
3 years£132£226
4 years£166£291
5 years£202£357

Apply now

To apply complete the Fireworks and explosives licence form.

Contact details

North East Lincolnshire Council does not provide consumer advice.

Estuary House, Wharncliffe Road, DN31 3QL

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 3