Licence to store/sell explosives

Premises storing explosives (for example, fireworks and flares, air bag inflators) are required to hold a storage licence.

This also allows fireworks to be sold during the four seasonal occasions:

  • 15 October to 10 November inclusive
  • 26 December to 31 December inclusive
  • on the 1st day of the Chinese New Year and the 3 days immediately preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the 3 days immediately preceding it

To sell fireworks all year round a further £500 fireworks suppliers licence is required.

In Wiltshire, the Public Protection Service is responsible for enforcing regulations on consumer safety and age of purchase. These areas are covered by the The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 and the The Fireworks Regulations 2004. See also 'Age-restricted products'.

Application forms

Download, complete and return the relevant application forms together with the fees.

Only persons with "fixed" premises can be registered or licensed, so fireworks cannot be sold at market stalls, car boot sales or other temporary sales points.

Apply for all year round firework sales (PDF) [129KB] (opens new window)

Apply to store up to 250kg of explosives (PDF) [231KB] (opens new window)

Apply to store up to 2000kg of explosives (PDF) [231KB] (opens new window)

If you are unable to download this application form/document or require a paper version please contact us on 0300 456 0107 or email at and we will  contact you to assist you with your application.

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