⚠️ Notice for holders of Fireworks/Explosives licences ⚠️
Extension to Explosives licence update
We understand the impact the Government’s advice for non-essential shops to close has had on retailers of fireworks and other explosive articles that hold a licence (storage/supply) issued by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority (WYFRA).
Following the recent announcement that non-essential shops that are Covid secure can re-open we can now provide licensees with a further update.
All explosives licenses issued to store and supply explosives issued by WYFRA current on or after 26 March 2020 will be extended for a period of 3 months. You do not need to take any action regarding this information. You will receive a reminder from WYFRA prior to the extended expiry date of the licence.
NOTE – All licences issued after the date of non-essential shops re-opening (15 June 2020) will revert back to annual (12 month period) fees.
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority licenses the storage of fireworks and explosives. In nearly all cases where an individual or business is acquiring, keeping, transferring, storing and/or manufacturing explosives, an explosives licence will be required.
What is an explosives licence?
An explosives licence is a document that allows the holder to store and/or manufacture explosives at a suitable designated premises. The holder of an explosives licence is responsible for ensuring the licensing conditions are being met. Examples of conditions of the licence can include the maximum quantity allowed to be stored and/or the category/type of explosives that can be stored.
Applying for an explosives licence
If you are applying for an explosives licence for the first time, or for a new premises, part of the application process will include a Fire Safety Audit under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 by one of our inspecting officers. This is to ensure the premises is broadly compliant with that legislation before it is considered suitable for the storage of explosives.
Please note that we may require a minimum of 28 days to carry out the administration for you to obtain a fireworks storage license from the date of initial application.
If you are intending to store more than 2,000kg of Net Explosive Content (NEC) of fireworks, you must apply for a licence from the Health and Safety Executive.
For queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0113 3875725.
Use the following link to obtain the current WYFRA Application/Renewal form for storage of pyrotechnic articles: Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014
For the appropriate storage fees, please click HERE.
Applying for an all-year supply licence
Fireworks can normally only be sold at specified dates and times based on the issue of the storage licence. If, as a retailer, you wish to sell fireworks outside these dates you must apply for a ‘licence to supply or expose for supply’ adult fireworks.
This is a separate licence issued under The Fireworks Regulations 2004 and can be obtained from WYFRA. The annual fee is £500. To obtain an application form email: email@example.com or call 0113 3875725.
Please Note: WYFRA will only issue a licence to supply when the Authority are confident that the person/company are a responsible retailer of fireworks. This is normally after holding a storage licence for a minimum period of 12 months. You cannot obtain a licence to supply unless you hold a current storage licence.
Planning a Fireworks Display
If you are planning on holding your own fireworks display please be aware of the guidance below:
Working Together on Fireworks Displays – The Blue Firework Guide
This guide is for competent display operators and organisers. It does not cover displays where the fireworks are to be fired by people without specialist knowledge or training. This new edition has been updated to include the significant changes in law relating to the supply, possession, transport, keeping and use of fireworks which may have an effect on the way you organise and the operator fires your display.
Giving Your Own Firework Display – The Red Fireworks Guide
This guide is for displays where the fireworks are to be fired by people without specialist knowledge or training. This new edition has been updated to include the significant changes in the law relating to the supply, possession, transport, keeping and use of fireworks which may have an effect on the way you organise your display.
Animals and Fireworks
Concern for animals where fireworks are being used is a key issue for the RSPCA during the bonfire season and where ever possible WYFRA support the concerns and activities of the RSPCA.
Fireworks are used by people throughout the year to mark different events. While they can bring much enjoyment to some people, they can cause significant problems and fear for other people and animals. They can be a source of fear and distress for many animals (including pet animals, farm livestock and wildlife).
Animals affected not only suffer psychological distress but can also cause themselves injuries – sometimes very serious ones – as they attempt to run away or hide from the noise.
So we would ask that if you are planning a bonfire or fireworks event or just letting fireworks off in your garden, please consider the wildlife and animals that may be affected.
Petrol filling station owners/keepers have certain responsibilities under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014. One of the responsibilities is to obtain a Petroleum Storage Certificate for the dispensing premises. To find out more, please visit the Health and Safety Executive Website.
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority are the Petroleum Enforcement Authority in West Yorkshire for all petrol filling station sites, which include retail and non-retail sites that dispense petroleum-spirit. Which means that our role is the certifying Authority for the storage of petroleum in West Yorkshire. To protect the public and the environment, petroleum is certified to ensure that it is kept and dispensed safely.
If you are storing or proposing to store petroleum and dispensing activities are taking place on your commercial or retail premises, you must apply for a storage certificate, apply here.
If you intend to store petroleum, you as a certified keeper, will be required to complete a risk assessment under the Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002. Further information on completing a DSEAR risk assessment can be found here.
Petroleum Certificate Fees
The fees and charges payable in respect of applications for the granting of storage certificates under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 can be found within Part 5 of the The Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016. Please follow this link.
In effect from 1 April 2021. – HSE Fees 2016
If you require further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 3875725