Explosive storage & Annual fireworks licence

If you are planning to keep more than 15kg (NEM)1 of small arms ammunition or percussion caps or more than 5kg (NEM)1 of HT4/HT3 explosives you are required by law to have a current explosives licence.

1(NEM) - The Explosives Regulations 2014 refers to the weight of explosives as 'net explosive mass' (NEM), being the actual mass of the explosives without the weight of packaging, casings, sticks etc rather than gross weight with weight of packaging.   As an approximation the NEM is 1/4 of the gross weight.

Please note: the following information is a brief summary of the law as it relates to the storage of explosives. It is not an authoritative document on the law and is only intended for guidance. For further information, please refer to the guidance notes and links (right).

What type of licence will you need

  • Explosive Licence (no separation distance) - You will need this if you wish to store up to 250kg (NEM) of HT4 explosives or 25kg (NEM) of HT3 explosives (or combination of HT4 and HT3).
  • Explosive Licence (with separation distances) - You will need this if you wish to keep between 250kg and 2,000kg (NEM) of HT4 explosives.

Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014.

Certain exemptions apply to the short term storage of fireworks, please contact licensing@sutton.gov.uk for more information.

When you are applying:

  • Ensure the licence fee is paid in full 

Once your application has been processed we will send you a licence certificate and receipt for your payment.

Annual Fireworks Licence

Any person intending to supply fireworks or expose for supply fireworks all year round requires an Annual Fireworks Licence.
A premise is required to have an Explosive Licence and Storage in place before and Annual Fireworks Licence can be granted.

How much will it cost?

  • The fee for an annual licence is payable annually.
  • Fees from 1 January 2005: New licence or renewal £500.00

You will not need an annual licence if you only intend to supply or expose for supply fireworks during the following periods:

  • 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;
  • during the period beginning on the 15 October and ending on the 10 November; or
  • during the period beginning on the 26 December and ending on the 31 December

If you only intend to supply fireworks during the above periods you will still be required to register your premises for the storage of explosives. Certain exemptions apply to short term storage of fireworks, please contact Business Regulation Service for more information.

This information is a brief summary of the law as it relates to the supply of fireworks. It is not an authoritative document on the law and is only intended for guidance.
For further information:

How to apply and pay:

For payment methods please refer to the Payment of Fees Guidance (2011) Notes.
Once you have completed the application and sent it to us, we will process your application and will send you a licence document and receipt for your payment.