Explosives licensing

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Please note that some of the advice we provide to businesses is chargeable.

How to apply

You need to apply for a lower tier licence if you wish to store a maximum of either:

  • 30 kgs of Hazard Type 1 or 2 explosives
  • 100 kgs of Hazard Type 3 explosives
  • 250 kgs of Hazard Type 4 explosives

The quantities allowed depend on individual locations (eg separation distances from other buildings, footpaths etc).

Most consumer fireworks, shotgun ammunition, marine distress flares etc are Hazard Type 4 explosives. If you are in any doubt consult your supplier.

If you wish to store more than the above quantities, up to a maximum of 2000 kgs of any Hazard Type, then you need to apply for an upper tier licence.

However, if any of the explosives you wish to store require a Police Certificate under the Control of Explosives Regulations, you will have to apply to Hampshire Police. Phone 01962 841500 (Firearms and Licensing Section) for a licence.

To store quantities in excess of 2000 kgs of any Hazard Type you will have to apply to the Health and Safety Executive.

License fees

Licences run from 1 October to the following 30 September.

Type Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
New upper tier licence £185 £243 £304 £374 £423
Upper tier renewal £86 £147 £206 £266 £326
New lower tier licence £109 £141 £173 £206 £238
Lower tier renewal £54 £86 £120 £152 £185

All year round license £500

Storage licence application

Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014

Hampshire County Council
Trading Standards Service
Culture, Communities and Business Services
Montgomery House
Monarch Way
Hampshire SO22 5PW