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Explosives and fireworks storage

26 July 2016

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
N.B If you are required to supply a floor plan please email us at ESHBSNewDukesWay@essex.gov.uk
 
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.
 
Important notes
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 

Charges

Licence - new application

Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed 

Period Fee
1 year £109
2 years £141
3 years £173
4 years £206
5 years £238
 

 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

  

Period Fee
1 year £54
2 years £86
3 years £120

4 years

£152
5 years £185
 

 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

 
Period Fee
1 year £185
2 year £243
3 year £304
4 year £574
5 year £423
  

 Storage licence - renewal

Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed.

 

Period Fee
1 year £86
2 year £147
3 year £106
4 year £266
5 year £326

 

Annual licence  Fee £500

Timescales

Registrations are issued within three working days of receipt. Storage licences will be issued after a site visit. 

Contact details

Essex County Council
County Hall
Trading Standards
Chelmsford
Essex
PO Box 11
CM1 1LX
 
Tel: 0345 603 7626
 

Feedback

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service you receive, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 

How to apply

You can download the application form and post it using one of the following payment methods:
  • 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 cs.cashiers@essex.gov.uk 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.
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