Fireworks licence

Katy Perry may sing that you are a firework, but we don’t think that she would be singing that tune if she was fined or given a prison sentence for not having a Fireworks Licence. You must have a Fireworks Licence in order to store or sell fireworks. This licence only allows you to sell or store fireworks at certain times of the year.

LICENCE Name

Fireworks Licence

AUTHORITY

Local council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £100
VALID FOR 1 year
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED N/A
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1 Apply for a Fireworks licence via Local Council
2 Submit Requested Documentation
floor plan of the premises in the prescribed form
a HSE retailers risk assessment
Get Licenced

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What is a Fireworks Licence?

Under the explosive regulations, a valid fireworks licence is needed to buy, possess and use certain types of fireworks.

When can I sell fireworks?

You are allowed to store fireworks all year round but can only sell fireworks at the following specified periods of the year:

In order to obtain a Firework Licence, you will need to know:

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 are selling fireworks outside the following permitted periods of sale you will need an additional licence under The Fireworks Regulations 2004.

How to apply for a Fireworks Licence

How to apply for a Fireworks licence?

Fireworks Licences must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

In order to obtain a Firework Licence, you will need to know:

the types of explosive

the total amount of explosive being kept

whether your storage arrangements satisfy any separation distances required to be maintained

Penalties and fines

If you store fireworks and you are not registered or licensed, you could be fined up to £5,000 or given a prison sentence of up to six months.

Firework safety code

If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of a celebration, you should follow these safety steps:

only buy fireworks marked with a CE mark – this shows that the firework meets European safety standards which all fireworks must meet - a reputable shop will know this

don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks

store fireworks in a closed, metal box and take out one at a time

keep a bucket of water nearby

follow the instructions on each firework – read by torchlight, don't use a naked flame

light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided

make sure everyone stands well back

don't go back to a firework that is lit - even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode

don't put fireworks in your pocket

don't throw fireworks

always supervise children around fireworks, don't give sparklers to a child under five

light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

keep pets indoors

don’t set off fireworks late at night

take care around open flames such as bonfires and barbecues - all clothes, even those labelled ‘low flammability’, can catch fire

FAQs

A firework is a device containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals which causes spectacular effects and explosions when ignited, used for display or in celebrations.
If you are intending to supply fireworks outside the normal permitted period's e.g. New Year, Chinese New Year, 15 October to 10 November and Diwali, you will also need to make a separate application to your local licensing authority for a licence to comply with the Fireworks Regulations 2014.
No. If you are storing small quantities at home you do not need a licence, but you should still follow the safety and use guidance.
No. If you store fireworks and you are not registered or licensed, you could be fined up to £5,000 or given a prison sentence of up to six months.
No. It is illegal for retailers to sell fireworks to anyone who is under 18 years old.