The Explosives Regulations 2014 came into force on 1st October 2014. These regulations place an obligation on persons who wish to store explosives (which include fireworks) to obtain a licence.
Who do I need to contact to apply for a licence to store explosives (includes fireworks)?
Licences are issued by the Local Authority responsible for the area in which the explosive storage is to take place up to a limit of 2000kg.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issue licences for the storage of explosives in excess of 2000kg.
The police are also responsible for issuing licences for certain types of explosive such as those supplied by a registered firearms dealer. For further clarification, please refer to the HSE website using the following link.http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/how-to-apply.htm
It is illegal to store explosives until the appropriate licence has been issued, however there are some exemptions. To view the full list of exemptions, please visit the HSE website using the following link. http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/storage/
A licence to store explosives will normally specify conditions relating to their safe storage and it is important that these conditions are adhered to.
How to apply for a licence to store explosives (including fireworks) from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
To apply for a licence from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council you must complete and submit an application form together with relevant plans and the appropriate fee. Applications may be entered for licences to run from 1 to 5 years.
An application form may be downloaded here.
For information on current explosive licence fees, please refer to the HSE website using the following link.http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/fees.htm
Retailers wishing to sell fireworks
Retailers wishing to sell fireworks will need to obtain a licence for the storage of explosives. This will enable fireworks to be sold during the following periods Only.
- October 15th to November 10th
- December25th to December 31st
- The first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately before it
- The day of Diwali and the three days immediately before it
If you wish to sell fireworks at other times during the year, you must obtain a special licence and you should contact the Council's Public Health and Protection Department in order to do this. Contact details for this and other related enquiries can be found below.
Food and Health and Safety Team,
Public Health and Protection,
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council,
Dinas Isaf East,
Telephone: 01443 425001
Fax: 01443 425301