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Explosives and Fireworks Registration and Licence

Any business planning to store explosives such as fireworks, gunpowder, safety cartridges, or detonators (including air bag detonators), is required by law to have a current explosives registration or licence.

Any business planning to store more than 5 kg Net Explosive Quantity (NEQ) of explosives including fireworks, gunpowder, safety cartridges or detonators (including air bag detonators), is required by law to have a current explosives registration or licence. If all that is stored is cartridges, you can keep up to 15kg NEQ without registration. That is approximately 100,000 cartridges. However, most insurance companies require a registration for amounts below 15 kg NEQ.

Do I need a licence or registration to store fireworks?

If you plan to sell fireworks all year round, you require an additional licence under the Fireworks Regulations 2004. You will need to apply to West Midlands Fire Service.

If you are storing small quantities at home you do not need a licence, but you should still follow the safety and use guidance.

There are still general duties to:

  • Prevent fire and explosion.
  • Prevent unauthorised access to explosives.
  • Not to manufacture explosives without a licence from the HSE.

Are there different categories of fireworks?

There are four categories of fireworks. The Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 (as amended) specify those which may be supplied to the general public. All other fireworks may only be supplied to a restricted range of persons and organisations which are specified in the 1997 Regulations.

Who issues the registration?

The local Licensing authority is the West Midlands Fire Service, which will only issue registrations to premises deemed suitable to sell fireworks.

Firework Sales

The Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 (as amended) specify those which may be supplied to the general public.

Further information on Firework Sales.

Where can I get further information?

You can find more information on the Fire Service Warning To Traders Over Changes To Firework Laws (External) page on the West Midlands Fire Authority website.

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Contact Details

  • Name West Midlands Fire Authority
  • Address Fire Safety Centre, Oldbury Fire Safety Centre, Old Park Lane, Oldbury, Birmingham , B69 4PU
  • Telephone 0121 544 7209