As the explosives licensing authority, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is informing future applicants who wish to store pyrotechnic articles of the change in the law and how it affects them, as potential duty holders of a fireworks storage licence.
The new Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER14) came into force on 1 October 2014 and consolidate and revoke a number of existing explosives regulations. ER14 brings together the requirements of health and safety related explosives legislation into a framework based around common topics and merges registrations into the licensing system.
It is important to note that this authority requires 28 days notice to supply such a licence.
As a result of the consolidation the approved code of practice to the manufacture and storage of explosives regulations 2005 (L139) was withdrawn from use on the 01 October 2014.
The new explosive regulations will be supported by a suite of overarching and sub-sector guidance. The overarching guidance consists of the following documents:
A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides further information and there are also links to other organisations that may provide the information or guidance you are seeking.
Please use the following form/s to apply for a Licence
Apply to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service for a licence by using the application above.
There are four hazard types of explosives – 1 is the most hazardous and 4 is the least hazardous. The majority of retail fireworks are classed as hazard type 4. The hazard type of an explosive will be listed on manufacturer's or supplier's information.
You must apply for a licence from the health and safety executive if you:
You can only sell fireworks at certain limited times of the year.
If you intend supplying fireworks outside of the above periods you must apply for an all year licence to supply from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The annual fee is £500 and the licence must be renewed annually.
In addition to the licence to supply, applicants also need to be licensed with the fire authority to store fireworks (application form above).
If you intend to store fireworks you will be required to complete a risk assessment based on DSEAR.
Registrations and licences issued in 2014 under the old legislation are valid until the date of expiry or revocation.