From this page you can apply for a licence to store explosives.
These explosives can include fireworks and shotgun cartridges.
To obtain a licence you will need to meet the requirements set out in our guidance notes
. It is most important for you to read this guidance as it will provide you with essential information such as:
- Who needs to be registered
- How and where explosives must be stored and displayed
- The amount that can be stored
- The requirements for floor plans
It is a criminal offence to keep fireworks on premises which have not been registered. Please contact us for an application form to apply for a registration/licence.
Please note that details of your licence or registration application will be shared with Essex County Fire and Rescue. The relevant District or Borough Council Planning Team will also be provided with your details and you may wish to discuss your proposal with them prior to submitting your application.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of, and comply with the regulations on the manufacture and storage of explosives. The licensing authority will not normally visit your premises before granting a registration. The authority may prohibit storage of explosives at the site if it believes the site is unsafe. It may also take enforcement action if you are not storing safely.
If you are planning to sell fireworks outside the following periods of the year, you will also need a £500 selling licence under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (as ammended) in addition to a storage registration or licence:
- 15 October to 10 November
- 26 December to 31 December
- On the day of the Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it
- On the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it
Licence - new application
Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed
Licence - renewal
Renewal of licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum distance is prescribed separation distance is prescribed
Storage licence - new application
Licence to store explosives where, by virtue of regulation 27 of, and Schedule 5 to, the 2014 Regulations, a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed.
i.e. between 250 kg and 2,000 kg of explosives/fireworks
Storage licence - renewal
Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed.
Annual licence Fee £500
Registrations are issued within three working days of receipt. Storage licences will be issued after a site visit.
Essex County Council
PO Box 11
Tel: 0345 603 7626
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service you receive, please do not hesitate to get in touch
How to apply
- Cheque payments
make cheques payable to ‘Essex County Council’ and post to Essex Trading Standards at the above address with your application form; or
- Card Payment
telephone 03330 139887 where we can take your card details for payment, please have your licence number available for reference if you have one
- BACS payment
payment can be made via BACS using the details below
Bank: Lloyds TSB Bank Plc
Account No: 03396754
Account Name: ECC Head Office Collection A/c
Sort Code: 30-00-00
VAT REG NO GB1042528 13
Reference Budget code 8364TDHQ 0000
(this must accompany each payment)
If you use BACS please fax remittance advice to 01245 494650 for the attention of the Cashiers Team; email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post remittance advice to the Cashiers Team, PO Box 4, County Hall, Chelmsford,
CM1 1JZ. Please also send an email to BusinessSupport-TradingStandards@essex.gov.uk this will help with the application process.
Failure to do so will delay the payment being allocated or identified.