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Apply for an explosives storage licence (including fireworks)

You can use this form to apply for a new storage licence or renew an existing licence to store fireworks and explosives.

As part of your application you will need to supply the following information:

  • a plan to scale sufficient to show the location of the site in relation to its surroundings (ie named or numbered roads, hamlets, villages or geographical features). Where the site does not have a postal address this should normally be a minimum scale of 1:25000.

  • if the store is subject to separation distances you will also need to provide an Ordnance Survey Siteplan (or similar) map showing the location of the store and distances to any neighbouring buildings. The plan should also show any areas where you intend to process or manufacture explosives where a licence for those activities is not required under Regulation 6 of The Explosives Regulations 2014 on Legislation.gov.uk (opens new window). The scale will depend on the separation distance. For a distance of up to 200 metres, a 1:1250 would normally be required while greater distance would require a 1:2500 or even a SuperPlan. Where this plan clearly identifies the location of the site in relation to its surroundings it can be substituted for the plan referred to above. 

  • if you intend to store or display more than 12.5kg of fireworks on a shop floor, the licensing authority will require you submit a floor plan of the sales area.

  • if you intend to store, process or manufacture explosives within a building that is also used for other purposes you should include a floor plan showing the places within the building where you intend storing, processing or manufacturing the explosives.

This form is available in Welsh - click on 'Cymraeg' in the top right corner of your screen.

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