Fireworks - Licence Application for Businesses Trading in the London Borough of Harrow

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If you plan to sell or store fireworks you will need a licence. If you are a business located in the London Borough of Brent please use the Fireworks and explosives licence page. If you are a business located in the London Borough of Harrow please read below.

To sell or store fireworks in the London Borough of Harrow, the occupier of the premises must register with Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service (who are acting on behalf of London Borough of Harrow).

If you are a Harrow business and want to store no more than 2000kg of explosives you apply to Brent & Harrow Trading Standards. If you want to store more than 2000kg of explosives you should apply to the Health and Safety Executive for a licence - http://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/how-to-apply.htm  

Current Fees

Fees are set by the Health and Safety Executive, reviewed every 5 years and are set out in the current Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016.

Type of Application Duration Fee
License to store explosives where, a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metre is prescribed by the 2014 Regulation (Exceeding 250kg up to 2000kg)

1 year

£185

Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed (Exceeding 250kg up to 2000kg)

1 year

£86
Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed (Up to 250kg (or 75kg) )

1 year

£109

Renewal of licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed (Up to 250kg (or 75kg) )

1 year

£54

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 but normally only a one year licence will be issued, further information on fees can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/index.htm

The London Borough of Harrow annual licenses, are issued for the period 1 September to 31 August.

If your licence has lapsed you may not be able to renew the license at a discount price so application to renew the license must arrive at our offices before the end of August.

Prohibition on sale of Fireworks

There is prohibition on the sale of fireworks to the public except for

  • Chinese New Year and the preceding 3 days;
  • Diwali and the preceding 3 days;
  • 15 October to 10 November (Bonfire Night celebrations)
  • 26 - 31 December (for New Year celebrations).

Traders will need to apply for an additional licence under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 to supply fireworks outside these 4 periods. To sell fireworks all year round cost £500 per year in addition to standard licence.

Future dates to consider

  • Chinese New Year - (5 February 2019, 25 January 2020, 12 February 2021)
  •  Diwali – (7 November 2018, 27 October 2019, 14 November 2020, 14 November 2021)

How do I apply for a licence?

To apply for a fireworks licence please complete an application form

Download (1) (2) (3) & optionally(4) 

(1) Fireworks and explosives (sale) licence form 

(Fields intended to be filled in using a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader then printed out and signed).

(2) Guidance Notes for Sale & Storage of Fireworks & Explosives

(3) Risk Assessment (required to be completed if more than 5 employees work at the premise).

(4) Fireworks Regulations 2004 Licence to Sell Fireworks All Year Round cost £500 per year in addition to standard licence

Fees must also be submitted with the application - Payment can be made by card or cheque. A Cheque can be made out to Brent Council or L.B.Brent – To pay by card please contact Brent & Harrow Trading Standards or see application form

Reminder: ALL fireworks and explosives offered for sale must be CE marked. They should comply with current safety legislation and any old fireworks marked with British Standards must be disposed of safely.

If you have any further queries or concerns please contact trading.standards@brent.gov.uk