The storage of fireworks is regulated by the Explosives Regulations 2014. It's a criminal offence to store or sell fireworks without a licence.
There are strict legal requirements on the sale, supply, and storage of fireworks. If you store fireworks for sale it's your legal duty to:
- prevent a fire or explosion
- limit the possible extent of fire or explosion, including measures to prevent the spreading of fires and explosions from one location to another
- protect people from the effects of a fire or explosion
Guidance on all the requirements relating to fireworks is available on the Business Companion website. It's your responsibility to make sure you understand and follow the legal requirements. We may take enforcement action against you if you aren't storing fireworks safely. Guidance on storage requirements is available on the HSE website.
Licence to store fireworks
Who to apply to
If you want to store more than 5kg and less than 2000kg net weight of fireworks, you'll need to apply to the council for a licence.
If you want to store more than 2000kg net weight of fireworks, you'll need to apply to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for a licence.