The following documents should be submitted with the application form:
6. A plan to a scale sufficient to show the location of the site in relation to its surroundings (i.e. named or numbered
roads, hamlets, villages or geographical features). Where the site does not have a postal address this should normally
be a minimum scale of 1:25000.
7. If the store is subject to separation distances you will also need to provide an Ordnance Survey Siteplan (or similar)
map showing the location of the store and distances to any neighbouring buildings. The plan should also show any
areas where you intend to process or manufacture explosives where a licence for those activities is not required under
regulation 6 of ER2014. The scale will depend on the separation distance. For a distance of up to 200 metres, a
1:1250 would normally be required while greater distance would require a 1:2500 or even a SuperPlan. Where this
plan clearly identifies the location of the site in relation to its surroundings it can be substituted for the plan referred to
in 6 above.
8. If you intend to store or display more than 12.5kg of fireworks on a shop floor, the licensing authority will require you
submit a floor plan of the sales area.
9. If you intend to store, process or manufacture explosives within a building that is also used for other purposes you
should include a floor plan showing the places within the building where you intend storing, processing or
manufacturing the explosives.
10. The fee must also be submitted with the application. Information on fees can be found at
www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/fees.htm, or contact your licensing authority for advice.
Renewal of licence
11. If there have been no relevant changes to the site usage, layout or places where explosives are stored, or to the
proximity of protected places to the stores since the licence was originally granted or last renewed, then it will not, in
general, be necessary for a new plan to be submitted to your licensing authority.
Hazard type and quantity
12. The licensing authority will need to know the hazard type and quantity of the explosives you wish to store to
determine whether your store is suitable. The quantity you will be allowed to store will depend on the hazard type of
the explosives. Please contact your supplier if you are uncertain about the hazard types of explosive you wish to store.
13. The “quantity” refers to the ‘net mass’ of the explosives. This means the weight of the explosive contained within
an article i.e. less packaging, casings, etc
Period of validity
14. Licences for fireworks and other explosives that do not require an explosive certificate may be granted for up to 5
years as the licensing authority determines.
15. Most employers are required by law to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees arising out of
their employment. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 ensures that you have at least a
minimum level of insurance cover against any such claims. For more information visit
16. Public liability insurance is not required by health and safety law. However, if you are manufacturing or storing
explosives (including fireworks) you may wish to take out public liability insurance. Many industry trade associations
and professional bodies require this as a condition of membership. Professional display operators using category F4
fireworks, T2 theatrical pyrotechnics or P2 pyrotechnic articles are required by product safety law to have public
liability insurance in place covering their use.