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Fireworks licence sales, storage and advice

Fireworks licence

If you intend to sell fireworks to consumers you must first obtain a licence from us. If you intend to sell fireworks all year round you must also obtain an all-year licence from us. Failure to hold a licence or comply with the storage requirements can result in prosecution with a fine up to £20,000 and/or a prison sentence.

How to apply

You should complete the application form and forward it together with your payment to Consumer and Trading Standards. Your application will not be considered unless payment is received with the form. For more information please refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

How the application is dealt with

Your application will be checked and an officer from Trading Standards will visit your premises. Registration may be refused if you have previously committed fireworks offences or if you or your premises are deemed unsuitable.

Can anyone object?

No. Consumer and Trading Standards check the application for registration and issue the extract if everything is in order unless they have concerns. More stringent regulations on fireworks are being introduced in new legislation shortly.

How much does it cost?

The fees are determined by the HSE, you can view them on their Explosives licensing fees page.

When can fireworks be sold?

The traditional permitted periods for selling fireworks are:

  • November 5
  • New Year
  • Chinese New Year
  • Diwali

If you wish to sell fireworks all year round then you will have to apply separately for a year-round licence.

Firework safety

Please see our Firework safety and advice page.

If you intend to sell fireworks to consumers you must first obtain a licence from your local authority. If you intend to sell fireworks all year round you must also obtain an all-year licence from your local authority.

If you intend to sell fireworks to consumers you must first obtain a licence from us. If you intend to sell fireworks all year round you must also obtain an all-year licence from us. Failure to hold a licence or comply with the storage requirements can result in prosecution with a fine up to £20,000 and/or a prison sentence.

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