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 - 7am, except on New Year's Eve, Chinese/Lunar 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 


  • Always buy your fireworks from a licensed seller
  • It’s an offence to supply category F2 fireworks or category F3 fireworks to under 18s
  • Since 2017 you can only buy fireworks that are CE marked
Before applying

Please read the following before downloading the application forms:

Site risk assessment

In addition to your application, you must also submit a site risk assessment and submit it with your application.

Fee and charges

Different fees apply dependent upon whether you’re applying for new licence or a renewal and whether the amount you’re storing is subject to separation distances.

If you only intend to store up to 250kg of hazard type 4 fireworks, then there’s no separation distances to be complied with.

The full list of fees for storing more than 250kg of hazard type 4 fireworks are available at The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2021.

Find out more information about bonfire and firework safety on the Cheshire Fire and Rescue website.

Get in touch

Email or call 01925 442658