Making a
Fireworks License Application

Help with Making your Fireworks License Application

In the metropolitan counties, i.e. Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire, the fire service is responsible for licensing and enforcing the regulations on storage. They are also responsible for licensing the sale of fireworks. In other areas, the licensing and enforcement authority is normally the trading standards department of your local authority.

You will also need to complete a risk assessment for the storage of explosives that inspecting officers will want to see during their inspection of your storage site. It is an offence to store or sell explosives (fireworks) until you receive your license.

You should be aware that an inspecting officer will inspect your premises to make sure the storage is suitable to keep explosives, complying with terms of your license, and to make sure that you’re following the relevant laws that keep yourself and others safe.

An application may be refused if they consider the storage site to be unsuitable on safety grounds, or if there is evidence to suggest the applicant is not a fit person to store fireworks or explosives. They may also take enforcement action if you are not storing safely.

Firework display

A requirement that all suppliers of fireworks will be required to obtain a license to supply fireworks, from your Local Authority; this has the effect of restricting sales to within certain defined periods;

  • On the first day of the Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it
  • On the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it
  • During the period beginning on the 15 October and ending on 10 November
  • During the period beginning on the 26 December and ending on 31 December
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

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