Licences for fireworks and explosives

The legal requirements for storing explosives are set out in the Explosives Regulations 2014.

Before storing explosives you will generally need a licence. Certain quantities of explosive can be kept for short periods of time and/or limited quantities, without the need for a licence. but the separation distance requirements of the regulations will still need to be met. Visit the HSE website to find out when a licence is not required.

You can apply for a new explosives storage licence or renew an existing licence using the same form.

Before you start, you'll need:

  • the type and quantity (in kgs) of each type of explosive you'll be storing
  • existing licence details (including expiry date and reference number if renewing)
  • the full address of anywhere that will be used to store explosives
  • an accepted method of payment (we currently accept cheques, BACS transfer or card payment by telephone).

You will be sent a renewal reminder 2 - 3 weeks before your current licence or registration expires.

Apply or renew an existing licence

Read about our fees (PDF, 110.3 KB) for fireworks and explosives.

You must be licensed if you sell or store:

  • cartridges for nail guns
  • cartridges for vehicle airbags
  • fireworks
  • flares and smoke signals
  • small arms cartridges.

For information about the storage of large quantities of explosives or storage of high explosives such as gelignite please register for business advice and a member of Trading Standards will contact you back.