Fireworks and Explosives Licences

Businesses that store fireworks and other explosives need to be licensed or registered with Trading Standards, Suffolk Police or the Health & Safety Executive.

If you wish to store fireworks or other explosives you need to be licensed with Trading Standards (unless you already hold a licence from Suffolk Police or the Health & Safety Executive).

The cost of licence(s) you need, will depend on the amount of explosives you have and when you wish to sell them. 

Fireworks Storage licence

With this licence you can store fireworks throughout the year BUT can only sell fireworks:

  • between 15 October and 10 November
  • between 26 December and 31 December
  • Chinese New Year, the first day and the three days immediately preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it

In addition if you wish to sell fireworks all year round you will also need a Fireworks Annual Licence.

Licence period

Licences run from 1 October to 30 September the following year. You must renew your licence before 30 September or you will be removed from the register of persons able to store explosives.

Current Fees (2016)

Storage of up to 250kg NEC

                                        

1 year

2 Years

3 years

4 years

5 years

New Licence

£109

£141

£173

£206

£238

Licence Renewal

£54

£86

£120

£152

£185

 

Storage of 250 kg to 2000kg NEC

 

1 year

2 Years

3 years

4 years

5 years

New Licence

£185

£243

£304

£374

£423

Licence Renewal

£86

£147

£206

£266

£326

                                                                                              

Variation of any Licence

£36

 

Transfer / Replacement of Licence

£36

Licences for greater than 1 year are subject to agreement with licensing authority.

Guidance on the storage of fireworks can be found in the following documents that can be freely downloaded from the Health & Safety Executive:

The Explosive Regulations will be supported by a suite of overarching and sub-sector guidance. The overarching guidance consists of two documents:

This flowchart may assist in identifying the quantity of explosives that you would be able to store legally.

Any new applications will require a visit to the storage site, therefore please allow at least 3 weeks for your licence to be issued and you arrange delivery of any fireworks.   It is an offence to store explosives without a valid licence.

 

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