You must apply for a licence prior to storing explosives (including fireworks). The licensing requirements vary according to type and quantity stored.
Apply online Apply for an explosives licence online
Explosives licence application form (pdf 98kb)
If you aren't able to download the form, then contact the Licensing team.
You do not need to provide any other evidence in the form of documents or plans with the application but the application must be submitted together with the appropriate fee.
Will my premises be inspected or assessed?
Yes, your premises will be inspected and assessed as part of the application process, for new applications or for material changes to existing licences.
The Health and Safety Executive sets the fees for explosive licences each year. The current fees are shown in the following tables:
Explosives licensing below 250kgs Net Explosive Content (NEC)
| ||1 year ||2 years ||3 years ||4 years ||5 years |
|New licence <250kgs NEC ||£109 ||£141 ||£173 ||£206 ||£238 |
|Renewal of licence <250kgs NEC ||£54 ||£86 ||£120 ||£152 ||£185 |
|Variation/transfer/replacement ||£36 || || || || |
Explosives licensing above 250kgs up to maximum 2000kgs Net Explosive Content (NEC)
| || 1 year ||2 year ||3 years ||4 years ||5 years |
|New licence >250kgs NEC || £185 || £243 || £304 || £374 || £423 |
|Renewal of licence >250kgs NEC |
| £86 || £174 || £206 || £266 || £326 |
|Variation/transfer/replacement || £36 || || || || |
For further information
The HSE and Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration websites provide additional guidance and information:
Health and Safety Executive - Explosives (external website)
Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration (external website)
To confirm whether you need licensing, contact the Licensing team to talk through the type and quantities of explosives you wish to store.