Do you need to be registered or licensed to sell explosives, how to apply for an explosives licence, when to make an application, how long is the process, how to appeal a decision, and who you can contact.
A licence is required if storing up to 2000kg of explosives.
The types of products covered include:
Certain quantities of explosive can be kept for short periods of time and/or limited quantities, without the need for a licence.
If you are selling fireworks from any premises then you are storing them prior to sale and must be licensed.
The HSE and Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration websites provide additional information:
Health and Safety Executive - explosives (external website)
Health and Safety Executive - explosives regulations guidance (external website)
Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration (external website)
or alternatively contact the health and safety duty officer.
To help you understand the different options and requirements for storing explosives, West Yorkshire Fire Service have produced a flowchart for retailers:
West Yorkshire Fire Service - Firework storage flowchart (external pdf - opens in new window)
All licences will include the type and quantity of explosive to be stored. More detailed conditions relating to the premises may also be attached and sent with the licence.
You must apply for a licence prior to storing explosives (including fireworks). The licensing requirements vary according to type and quantity stored.
Apply for an explosives licence online
If you aren't able to download the form, then contact the health and safety duty officer.
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.
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:
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)
To confirm whether you need licensing, contact the health and safety duty officer to talk through the type and quantities of explosives you wish to store.
We will consider the application before issuing, renewing, modifying or transferring a 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 licence.
It is likely to take 4 weeks to process any application received, so please allow enough time when applying for a new licence.
No, tacit consent will not apply. This is because it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact the health and safety duty officer.
If your application is refused, contact the health and safety duty officer 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.
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 to us, along with the appropriate fee.
You will need to formally notify us well in advance of the proposed changes so that we can consider if 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.
Applications to transfer a licence must be made in writing. Please contact the health and safety duty officer to discuss your requirements.
To find out more, contact the health and safety duty officer:
Telephone: (01482) 396096
Health and Safety Housing and Public Protection East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA