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Storing fireworks and explosives licence

If you want to store up to 5kg of explosive material for retail purposes, you need a licence. Businesses that already hold licences or registrations automatically receive a renewal application form by the end of August each year.

All business are subject to an inspection when they have fireworks in store. New applicants also require a pre-registration inspection.

Businesses that are licensed in this way are permitted to supply fireworks:

  • from 15 October to 10 November
  • a few days around New Year, Chinese New Year or Diwali

Businesses that wish to sell fireworks to the public outside these periods should apply for an all-year-round licence.

It is a criminal offence to carry out unlicensed activities and to sell fireworks to people under 18.

Apply for a licence (PDF)

If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

For more information see:

  • our fees page for the relevant fee
  • our online Licence Register where all applications and licences are recorded
  • GOV.UK for the rules about storing fireworks