Fireworks registration and licence

Under the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 all traders storing and selling fireworks must be registered with or licensed by the Council.

To store large quantities (over 2,000kg) you will need a licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Apply

To make an application you must submit:

Fees and checklist

How do I know if I need to register or get a licence?

This depends on:

  • the amount explosive contained in the fireworks, i.e. the net explosive quantity (NEQ)

If the NEQ is not given on packaging, calculate it as 25% of the gross weight of the fireworks.

  • the Hazard Type (HT) of the fireworks

There are 4 categories of HT according to the hazardous of the explosives contained in the fireworks, with HT1 being the most dangerous. Most fireworks for general retail are HT4. However, if you also store some larger fireworks of HT3 the whole store will be treated as HT3.

Use the table below to assess if you need to register or get a licence. 

Hazard type

Less than 7kg NEQ

Less than 100kg NEQ

Less than 250kg NEQ

More than 250kg NEQ

More than2000kg NEQ

HT4

Registration

Registration

Registration

Licence

HSE Licence

HT3/4

Registration

Registration

Licence

Licence

HSE Licence

HT2/3/4

Registration

Licence

Licence

Licence

HSE Licence

HT1/2/3/4

Registration

Licence

Licence

Licence

HSE Licence

When can I sell fireworks?

These licences / registrations will allow you to store fireworks all year round but can only sell fireworks at the following specified periods of the year:

  • from 15 October - 10 November inclusive
  • on the day of Diwali and the 3 days before
  • on the first day of the Chinese New Year and the 3 days before
  • from 26 - 31 December inclusive

If you wish to sell fireworks throughout the year, you will need to apply for a separate fireworks licence. Please contact us for further information. 

Page updated: 22/08/2016 12:17:15

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