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Fireworks and explosives storage licence


Overview

You must have a licence to store fireworks and explosives up to 2000kg at a premises. If you store less than 5kg of explosives, then there is no need to be licensed. 

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.  

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

Fees

New application costs

Length of licenceLess than 250kgMore than 250kg
1 year£109£185
2 years£141£243
3 years£173£304
4 years£206£374
5 years£238£423

Renewal application costs

length of licenceLess than 250kgMore than 250kg
1 year£54£86
2 years£86£147
3 years£120£206
4 years£152£266
5 years£185£326