Fireworks and explosives

Do you store or sell more than 2,000kg (net explosives content)? If yes, you need a license from the Health and Safety Executive.

Do you store or sell less than 2,000kg? If yes, you need a license from us.

How to apply

Complete the application form and send, with your risk assessment to foodandsafety@lbhf.gov.uk

Application for a licence for explosives (94KB word)

Or you can send it by post to:

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
The Environment Department
Food and Safety Team
Hammersmith Town Hall
King Street
London
W6 9JU

Payment

To make a payment please call 020 8753 1081. Information on fees can be found in the table below.

Risk assessment and control measures

It is a legal requirement for anyone storing explosives to conduct and record a risk assessment for the storage under relevant legislation. The HSE provides a template document for this purpose for retail premises, which can be downloaded from the HSE website. This must be included in your application.

Separation distances

You must ensure that the relevant separation distances are maintained. For further details on these separation distances please visit The Explosives Regulation 2014, Regulation 27, Schedule 5.

Hazard types

Explosives are classified into hazard types. Most fireworks and small arms ammunition are Hazard Type 4 and can be identified by the symbol, 1.4G in an orange diamond, which will be marked on the outer box. Some larger fireworks are classed as Hazard Type 3 and are marked 1.3G. Storing Hazard Type 3 fireworks may reduce the total quantity permitted to be stored depending on the licence type and separation distances available on site. If you are in any doubt about the classification of your fireworks, please consult your supplier.

Fees

The fees below are prescribed under The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016.

Cost for a new licence
Number of years License to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 meters is required License to store explosive where no minimum separation distance or a 0 meters separation distance is prescribed
1 year £185 £109
2 years £243 £141
3 years £304 £173
4 years £374 £206
5 years £423 £238
Cost to renew a licence
Number of years Renewal of license to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 meters is required Renewal of license to store explosive where no minimum separation distance or a 0 meters separation distance is prescribed
1 year £86 £54
2 years £147 £86
3 years £206 £120
4 years £266 £152
5 years £326 £185

This enables you to sell or store explosives during the following periods:

  • 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.

If you would like to discuss an annual licence please contact us for further information.

Further information