Under national explosives legislation, explosives must be stored in one of the following:
a licenced factory or magazine
a store (licensed by the local authority)
a premises registered for keeping explosives
There are several licences you may apply for:
as a registered premises
for a store licence
for a factory or magazine licence
See information below on how to apply for each.
Apply as a registered premises
You must renew your registration every year. There are two modes of storage for a registered premises, each with different limits:
a substantial building (constructed of brick, iron, stone or concrete or an excavation in solid rock) or a securely constructed fireproof safe detached from a dwelling at a safe distance from a street or public place. The general explosive limit is 317 Kg (700lbs) NEC of small arms ammunition or 90 Kg (200lbs) NEC of pyrotechnics
a substantial receptacle or safe inside a dwelling house or public room. The general explosive limit is 249 kg (550lbs) NEC of small arms ammunition or 22 Kg (50lbs) NEC of pyrotechnics
When applying for a store licence, the form should be read in conjunction with the Explosives Act 1875 and Stores for Explosives Order 2007 (S.I. 804 of 2007), and Guidance Document on Fire Safety in Stores for Explosives.
Application Form to the Local Authority for a Licence for a Store for Mixed Explosives