To run wholesale and retail premises that store and/or sell fireworks of up to 2
tonnes (net explosives content), you must be registered, or licensed, with the Falkirk
Council Trading Standards (or in former Metropolitan Authorities, the Fire and Rescue
Service) in England, Scotland and Wales.
In Northern Ireland you need to register with the Northern Ireland Office.
To run wholesale or retail premises storing more than 2 tonnes (net explosives content),
you need a licence from the Health & Safety Executive.
- Fees will be payable for a licence.
- Conditions may be attached to a licence.
No provision under legislation.
Application evaluation process
Falkirk Council must have regard to the need to minimise the risk that fireworks
will be used with harmful consequences for people, animals or property, when considering
an application for allowing the storage of fireworks.
Any application for a licence received by Falkirk Council will be processed as quickly
as possible and, in any event, within a period of 2 weeks. This period will run
from the time that all of the required information has been submitted.
Section D charges are set by the Health & Safety Executive or prescribed by Regulation and are exempt from VAT.
|Initial Registration of Premises for the keeping of explosives
|Renewal of Registration of Premises for the keeping of explosives
|Initial licence to store explosives
|Renewal of licence to store explosives
|Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 2005 Licence to supply fireworks all year round
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that Falkirk Council must process your application
before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks, please contact us.
How to apply
To apply for an application for a fireworks storage licence, you can complete the
form below and send it to Falkirk Council by email or post:
Failed application and licence holder redress
Please contact us in the first instance.
If you have a complaint, please contact the trader first, preferably in writing.
If you do this by letter, make sure you get proof of delivery.
If you've done this and feel your complaint still hasn't been resolved, contact
Citizens Advice Bureau.
But if you do not live in the UK, you'll need to contact the
UK European Consumer Centre.
For example; complaints about noise, pollution, etc should be directed to the Environmental
Any breach of curfew times or rules should be reported to
If anyone tries to sell you fireworks door to door, or if you know of any business
selling fireworks which is not on the list of registered premises, please
contact Trading Standards:
- Premises registered to store fireworks
Registering to store fireworks
All premises where fireworks are stored must be registered or licensed by Falkirk
Council. The current registration fee for new premises is £105.00. Annual renewal
of registration is £52.00.
Restrictions on when it is legal to supply adult fireworks under a registration
- Chinese New Year (16 February 2018): 13 to 16 February 2018
- Guy Fawkes Night (05 November): 15 October to 10 November
- Diwali (06 to 10 November 2018): occurs during Guy Fawkes selling period
- New Year (31 December): 26 to 31 December
A licence for the storage of fireworks which permits their year round sale costs
£500 per year.
Each premises is inspected to ensure that the storage conditions are safe and secure
and the types of firework for sale are appropriate.
The law for purchasing or possessing fireworks
- It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess adult fireworks in a public
place (category 1 fireworks and sparklers are exempt).
- The age limit for buying
adult fireworks or sparklers is 18.
- Category 1 fireworks (caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents,
and throwdowns) must not be supplied to persons under 16.
- You can be fined for letting off fireworks off in a public place. The street outside
is a public place, as is the Council park, the bus station, the schoolyard, the
football stadium or the youth centre.
- It is illegal to break open retail packs of fireworks and sell them individually.
- Any breach of the curfew times or these rules should be reported to
The Firework Safety Code
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light them at arm's length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it doesn't go off, it could
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
It is illegal to set fireworks off between 11:00pm and 7:00am except in the following
- November 5: it is permitted to let off fireworks until midnight.
- New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali: it is permitted to let off fireworks
until 1:00am on the following day.