Fireworks and explosives

Explosives licensing and storage (including fireworks)

In most cases where an individual or business is acquiring, keeping, transferring, storing or manufacturing explosives, an explosives licence is required. Within Greater Manchester, we are responsible for the granting an explosive licence for amounts under 2,000Kgs NEC. 

A licence is a document that allows the holder to store and/or manufacture explosives. The holder of the licence is the person that makes sure that the conditions of that licence are being met. 

Licensing, Inspection, and enforcement activity are carried out by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) on behalf of Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 

Explosive Licensing

Applying for a Explosives Storage Licence

Fees for Explosives Licences from 1st April 2021

Storing Explosives

Selling Explosives

Legislation and Guidance