Anyone who wishes to acquire and/or keep any explosive must first apply for an appropriate certificate under the Explosives Regulations 2014.
Explosives covered by the regulations can be used for commercial or leisure purposes. You must be able to provide good reason for acquiring or keeping any explosive material.
For example you would need a certificate for:
For permission to obtain explosives which are to be used and not kept or stored overnight. The certificate is issued for up to five years.
All applicants applying for an explosives certificate to acquire only where the application is for a grant will be visited to ensure that they fulfil the criteria for a ‘fit and responsible person’.
For permission to obtain explosives and to keep them in an approved place of storage. This certificate is issued for up to five years.
We will visit and inspect storage meets legal requirements before any ‘acquire and keep’ certificate is granted.
There are three application forms depending on the use and type of explosive needed.
It is important to use the correct form, if you are in any doubt, please contact the Explosives Licensing Team for advice prior to application or renewal.
If you are a certificate holder it is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted in good time for any renewal enquiries to be completed. We would suggest submitting application 12 weeks in advance of your expiry date.
We will ask for more information if you haven’t given enough detail on the form for a certificate to be granted. It is for you to provide good reason to support your application.
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