Licence To Sell Fireworks

We are responsible for the sale of fireworks and licence retailers selling fireworks

The Health and Safety Executive regulates public firework displays but we have to make sure the people selling them are licenced.

Before you can sell fireworks, we inspect your premises to make sure that you’re following the relevant laws that keep yourself and others safe. You also need to submit a Fireworks Regulations form.

If you want to sell fireworks you need a licence.  We licence premises to store up to 2000kg of explosives.  To apply for a storage licence please complete the application form, provide the documentation detailed in the form and pay the application fee.

Please note: applications for licences are dealt with in September (with licences effective from 1st October each year). 

This licence permits you to sell at the following times:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 December to 31 December
  • On the first 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

The licence needs to be renewed each year if you wish to continue selling fireworks. An annual renewal fee is payable. In some circumstances, we may accept renewal applications for periods greater than 1 year, based on the history of the premise concerned. In this situation please contact Trading Standards before submitting an application/payment.

If you want to sell fireworks outside of these periods you need an annual fireworks licence from us. To apply for an annual licence please complete the application form.  An application fee of £500.00 is payable.  This licence is in addition to the storage licence so you will need to complete BOTH forms.

See the Firework Safety Advice website for more information.

Payment Options

Postal applications

If you apply by post, please complete this form and send with the appropriate fee to

Trading Standards Team
BCP Council
Regulatory Services
Town Hall Annexe

Please make cheques payable to BCP Council

On the phone

Please send your completed application form to Trading Standards Team with your contact number and then a member of the team will call you back to take payment. You can pay by debit card or credit card.