With bonfire night and Diwali fast approaching, members are being reminded to check that their licence to store and sell fireworks is still valid – or face a hefty fine.

Under the Explosives Regulations 2014, licences were first issued from October 1 2014. Retailers who applied and have kept their licence since then will see that it is due for renewal on September 30.

Storing or selling fireworks without a licence can incur a £5,000 fine and six months in prison.

Applications for a licence should be made to your local trading standards office*, who will want to carry out a site visit for new licences. You may be required to provide a floor plan and risk assessment, so any application should be made in plenty of time.

The licence permits the sale of fireworks as follows, unless the licence holder applies for a “All Year Road Licence”:

  • The three days leading up to and on the first day of the Chinese New Year.
  • The three days leading up to and on Diwali
  • During the period October 5 to November 10
  • During the period December 26 to December 31

As an age restricted product, fireworks must not be sold to under 18 year olds.

*In the following areas applications should be made to the local fire and rescue service: West Midlands, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, South and West Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Cornwall and Norfolk.

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