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Apply for an explosives storage licence (including fireworks)

As part of your application you will need to supply the following information:

  • A plan to scale sufficient to show the location of the site in relation to its surroundings (i.e. 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 the store is subject to separation distances you will also need to provide an Ordnance Survey Siteplan (or similar) map showing the location of the store and distances to any neighbouring buildings. The plan should also show any areas where you intend to process or manufacture explosives where a licence for those activities is not required under regulation 6 of ER2014. The scale will depend on the separation distance. For a distance of up to 200 metres, a 1:1250 would normally be required while greater distance would require a 1:2500 or even a SuperPlan. Where this plan clearly identifies the location of the site in relation to its surroundings it can be substituted for the plan referred to in 6 above. 

  • If you intend to store or display more than 12.5kg of fireworks on a shop floor, the licensing authority will require you submit a floor plan of the sales area.

  • If you intend to store, process or manufacture explosives within a building that is also used for other purposes you should include a floor plan showing the places within the building where you intend storing, processing or manufacturing the explosives.

  1. Fields marked * are required
    1. The application is for *
  2. Nature of business
    1. Tick the categories that apply to this application *
    2. See note 5 for information about separation distances.
    3. Are you applying for a licence where the storage will be subject to separation distances? *
  3. Details of the applicant
    1. I am applying as *
    2. If you are applying on behalf of a company or limited liability partnership, please give its name.
    3. If you are applying as an individual please give your date and place of birth and your National Insurance number.
      1. If the applicant is a company, please give the registered office
  4. Where the explosives will be stored
    1. Full address of the place where the exposives will be stored
    2. Do you have an explosives store at an address different to that above? *
    3. Do you have a licence for this store?*
  5. Is the applicant the owner / manager of the business? *
  6. Person with management responsibilities
    1. If the applicant is not the owner / manager of the business, please give the details of the person with management responsibilities for the store
    2. Label
      1. Address if different from above
  7. Out of hours contact details
    1. Please give the name and telephone number of the person to be contacted in an emergency
  8. Explosives to be kept and quantities
  9. Declaration
    1. Are you intending to store more than 75kg (net) of ammunition or pyrotechnic articles in a building that adjoins domestic premises? *
    2. Have you had a previous licence or registration refused or revoked? *
    3. Have you been convicted of any offence under legislation on health and safety? See note 4 *
    4. Have you been convicted of anoy other offences relating to the storage, sale, supply, importation or possession of fireworks and / or any other explosives? See note 4 *
    5. Have you been convcited of any offence under any other legislation including offences against the person, dishonesty offences and offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs? See note 4 *
  10. Supporting documents
    1. You will need to provide a plan of the site in relation to its surroundings as part of the application for an explosives licence. You can find details on what is required on these plans by reading notes 6, 7 and 8. You can upload a copy of these plans below.

      If you are unable to upload a copy you should take it to the Contact Centre, Civic Centre or contact Trading Standards.
  11. Fees
    1. By signing this form you agree to the information provided, in relation the explosives stored eg. the type and quantitiy, being shared with the emergency services in the event of an incident.
  12. Please type the text displayed below in the box provided.*
  13. If you can’t read what’s displayed in the box, click the refresh button to the right of the box (arrows in a circle).
  14. When you click 'submit' you will be taken to our payment system. Please ensure that you fully complete your bank details and progress to the confirmation of payment. If we don't receive your payment we won't be able to process your application.
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