Apply for a fireworks and explosives licence

Before you apply

You must only apply to us for a licence to store up to 2,000kg of fireworks or explosives

If you store more than 2,000kg, you must apply for a licence from the Health and Safety Executive.

We do not provide a licence to store:

  • relevant explosives
  • regulated or prohibited ammunition
  • smokeless powder or percussion caps
  • explosives owned by a person registered as a firearms dealer

If you are storing ammunition, you must apply for a licence from Lincolnshire Police.

How to apply or renew

Our licence allows you to store up to 2,000kg of fireworks or explosives.

The sale of fireworks is restricted to the following periods:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 December to 31 December
  • on the first day of the Chinese New Year and the three days preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the three days preceding it

If you wish to sell fireworks at other times or all year round, you will need an additional licence. You must make a separate application for this.

By law, you must display the explosives statutory notice.

Apply for or renew a fireworks and explosives licence

For advice, email [email protected] or call 01522 552490.

Fees

Your licence fee depends upon:

  • the quantity of explosives you wish to store
  • the length of time the licence is for
  • whether it’s a new application or a renewal

Licence to store explosives with no minimum separation distance:

  • £109 for one year (£54 renewal)
  • £141 for two years (£86 renewal)
  • £173 for three years (£120 renewal)
  • £206 for four years (£152 renewal)
  • £238 for five years (£185 renewal)

Licence to store explosives with a minimum separation distance:

  • £185 for one year (£86 renewal)
  • £243 for two years (£147 renewal)
  • £304 for three years (£206 renewal)
  • £374 for four years (£266 renewal)
  • £423 for five years (£326 renewal)

Changes to the name, transfer or replacement of a licence cost £36.

We will also charge for any additional work we are required to carry out.