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Licences and permits - Fireworks

Type of licence
General trading
Contact us
Email: tradingstandards@warrington.gov.uk
Phone: 01925 442658
Fees and charges
Different fees apply dependant upon whether it is a new licence or a renewal and whether the amount you are storing is subject to separation distances. If you only intend to store up to 250kg of hazard type 4 fireworks then there are no separation distances required to be complied with and the fees are listed below.

New Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed:

• 1 year £109
• 2 years £141
• 3 years £173
• 4 years £206
• 5 years £238

Renewal of license to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed:

• 1 year £54
• 2 years £86
• 3 years £120
• 4 years £152
• 5 years £185
Should you wish to store more than 250kg of hazard type 4 fireworks, please visit the Health and Safety Executive website for a full list of fees:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/fees.htm
Before applying
Please read the following before downloading the application forms:
Trader guidance
https://www.warrington.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/9095/trader_guidance.pdf
Safety provisions - HSE
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l150.pdf
Security provisions - HSE
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l151.pdf
Fireworks in retail premises - HSE
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg407ch.pdf
Storing and selling fireworks - HSE
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg407.pdf
Download WBC application forms and guidance
https://www.warrington.gov.uk/downloads/201327/fireworks
Site risk assessment
In addition to your application, you must also submit the following supporting documentation with your application, you must fully complete this form and submit it online with your application:
https://www.warrington.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/7480/fireworks_-_site_risk_assessment_questionnaire.pdf
Supporting information
A Site plan – see note 6 of the guidance notes on the application form

Ordnance Survey Site plan – you must submit this if the store is subject to separation distances (See note 7 of the guidance notes on the application form)

Floor plan (Sales area) – you must submit a floor plan of the sales area if you intend to store or display more than 12.5kg of fireworks on the shop floor (See note 8 of the guidance notes on the application form)

Floor plan – if you intend to store fireworks within a building that is also used for other purposes you must include a floor plan showing the places within the building where you intend storing the fireworks (see note 9 of the guidance notes on the application form).

Please ensure you complete and submit all your documentation with the right fee. If not, the application will not be progressed until this is all received.

You must complete a risk assessment and keep a record of your findings if you have five or more people working in your premises. You will be asked to produce it to the officer who inspects your premises. The form can be found under 'WBC application forms and guidance' above.

Alternatively, you can upload a copy with your application form and other supporting documentation.
Buying and setting off fireworks
The Fireworks Regulations 2004 requires that you:
• do not hold fireworks in a public place if under 18
• must not, as a member of public, possess Category F4 (professional) fireworks at any time
• must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on:
- New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali, when fireworks may be used until 1am
- Bonfire Night (5 November) when fireworks may be used until midnight
- appropriate national public celebrations or local / national commemorative events
You are advised:
• to always buy your fireworks from a licensed seller, and
• it is an offence to supply category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks to under 18s
• from 5th July 2017, to only buy fireworks that are CE marked. Fireworks that are marked BS 7114 are not permitted to be sold from this date.
Cheshire fire website
http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/public-safety/campaigns/events/bonfire-and-firework-safety/the-firework-code#.U9-XK-NdXy0