Explosive licences

How do I apply for an explosives licence or registration?

You can apply by one of the following means:


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.


Fees vary depending on the quantity and type of explosive to be stored. As a general guide the following apply (per year):

  • grant of a licence to store £178 (1 year);
  • renewal of a licence to store £83 (1 year);
  • grant of a registration to store £105 (1 year);
  • renewal of registration to store £52 (1 year).


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)

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Do I need to register or be licensed for the sale or storage of explosives or fireworks?

If you manufacture or store explosives you need either to register or apply for a licence, depending on the quantities of explosives involved.

The types of products covered include:

  • blasting explosives;
  • ammunition and shooters' powders;
  • black powder;
  • fireworks;
  • marine flares.

If you are selling fireworks from any premises then you are storing them prior to sale and must be registered.

For further information

The HSE and Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration websites provide additional information.

Health and Safety Executive (external website)

Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration (external website)

or alternatively contact the health and safety duty officer.

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What is the difference between registration and licensing?


Registration is a simplified process which applies where smaller quantities of explosives are to be stored. Registration allows up to 250kg (depending on the hazard type) of explosives to be stored.

This weight is the net weight of the explosive contained in the article, not the gross weight of the article itself.


For quantities in excess of this, more hazardous explosive types and for all manufacturing processes, it is necessary to obtain a licence.

The council issues licences for storage but licences for manufacture must be obtained and applied for, from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Health and Safety Executive (external website)

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When do I make an application?

You must make your application prior to manufacturing or storing explosives (explosives do include fireworks). The licensing and registration requirements vary according to type and quantity stored.

To confirm whether you need licensing or registration, contact us to talk through the type and quantities of explosives you wish to store.

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How long will it take to process an application?

We will consider the application before issuing, renewing, modifying or transferring a registration or licence.

We may have to conduct site visits and require the production of other documentation to ensure that statutory requirements are being met.

Once we have received your application together with the correct fee and we are satisfied that the premises meets statutory requirements, we will agree to issue, renew or modify the registration or licence.

We aim to process your application as soon as possible.

There is no statutory period for determining applications, however we aim to determine applications within 28 days.

If I do not hear from you for 28 days, can I assume it has been granted ("tacit consent")?

No, tacit consent will not apply. This is because it is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Will my premises be inspected or assessed?

Yes, for new applications or as regards material changes to existing registrations or licences. The premises will be inspected and assessed as part of the application process.

Are there any conditions to the licence or registration?

For registrations the type and quantity of explosive to be stored will be named.

For licences more detailed conditions appertaining to the site can be attached. A copy of all applicable conditions will be sent with the licence.

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If my application is refused how do I appeal?

If your application is refused, contact us and we will discuss your application with you.

If you are refused a licence or registration by the council you can appeal to the secretary of state under Section 44 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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How long does the registration or licence last and what is the renewal procedure?

The registration or licence has to be renewed annually. A minimum of 28 days before it lapses we will send you a renewal application form.

This should be completed and returned, along with the appropriate fee, to us.

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How do I tell you about any change that affects my registration or licence?

You will need to formally notify us well in advance of the proposed changes in order that we can consider a variation to the licence is required. There is no fee associated with this.

To notify you need to contact the health and safety duty officer.

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How can I transfer a registration or licence to another person once it has been issued?

To apply contact the health and safety duty officer in writing.

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Who do I contact?

To find out more, contact the health and safety duty officer;

Email: health.safety@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 396096

Health and Safety and Animal Health Manager
Housing and Public Protection
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall
HU17 9BA

Making a complaint

If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application.

Please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.

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