Fireworks storage licensing

There are only certain times at which fireworks can be sold:

  • Bonfire Night - Sunday 15 October to Friday 10 November
  • New Year's Eve - Tuesday 26 December to Sunday 31 December
  • Chinese New Year - on the first day of the Chinese New Year and the three days preceding it
  • Diwali - on the day of Diwali and the three days preceding it

If you wish to store and sell fireworks and other explosives in London Borough of Redbridge, you must apply for a licence from the council.  These are valid from 1 October each year.

Before applying for a licence to sell fireworks or other explosives you must read the guidance documents below:

You must not store explosives / fireworks until you have been granted a licence. Licences will be refused if the site is unsuitable or the applicant is considered not to be a fit person to store explosives

 

How to apply

To apply for a licence for your premises for the storage of fireworks or for other explosives, you will need to download the form below and submit it with a site plan and premises plan, and to pay the appropriate fee.  We aim to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation at all times. To see how we handle personal information, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Notice.   Renewal notices have been issued to current licence holders by post.

All applications must be received by 30 September. Applications received after this date may not be processed in time for a licence to be issued prior to 5 November. Only one inspection visit can be guaranteed prior to 5 November so it is essential that you make any necessary alterations to your premises prior to inspection visit.

 

An all-year fireworks licence

If you want to sell fireworks all year round (outside the above dates) you will need to buy an annual sales licence in addition to the storage licence.  This licence will also be valid from 1 October until 30 September. The fee for this is £500. To apply for one, you will need to download the additional form below:

Applications should be sent to The Licensing Authority, 2nd floor Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, IG1 1NY or by email to licensing.authority@redbridge.gov.uk

 

License fees

Type of application

Duration

Fee

Licence to store explosives where, by virtue of regulation 27 of, and Schedule 5 to, the 2014 Regulations, a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed

1 year

£193

2 years

£253

3 years

£317

4 years

£390

5 years

£441

Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed

1 year

£90

2 years

£153

3 years

£215

4 years

£277

5 years

£340

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

1 year

£113

2 years

£147

3 years

£181

4 years

£215

5 years

£248

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

1 year

£56

2 years

£90

3 years

£125

4 years

£158

5 years

£193

All year round licence - in addition to storage licence fee

£500 per year

 

Variation (i.e. changing name/address of licence holder on current licence)

 

£38

Copy of licence

 

£38


Further advice

Further information is available from: 

Do you have concerns about a premises? 

Please use the Report It page to report concerns with unsafe practices at premises storing and selling fireworks.