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.
Apply or renew
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 online payment, cheques, Bacs transfer or card payment by telephone - 03000 41 41 41).
We will carry out a range of checks to ensure that you are a ‘suitable’ person to hold a licence including checking the National Anti-fraud Network , Health and Safety Executive prosecution database and local police prosecution information.
You will be sent a renewal reminder 2 to 3 weeks before your current licence or registration expires.
Who needs a licence
You must be licensed if you sell or store:
- cartridges for nail guns
- cartridges for vehicle airbags
- flares and smoke signals
- small arms cartridges.