In most cases where an individual or business is acquiring, keeping, transferring, storing or manufacturing explosives, an explosives licence is required from the relevant authority. Across the West Midlands, we are responsible for granting an explosive licence.
What is an Explosives Licence?
An explosives licence is a document that allows the holder to store and/or manufacture explosives. The holder of an explosives licence is the person that makes sure its conditions are being met.
The easiest way to apply for an explosive licence is to complete our online form. If you’re applying for the first time for your premises, part of the process includes an inspection by one of our officers. Our guidance notes answer some of the most frequently asked questions, so please read them thoroughly before you start to apply.
You should only use this form if you want to store less than 2000kg of explosives, and it should not be used to to store the explosives listed in Note 1 of the guidance notes.
Explosive Licence Charges
|Under 250kg nec||1 year||£109|
|2 years *||£141|
|Above £250kg nec||1 year||£185|
|2 years *||£243|
|Under 250kg nec||1 year||£54|
|Above 250kg nec||1 year||£86|
* You can only apply for a 2 year licence on your first application. Further renewals will be charged annually.
If you need a selling licence, please get in touch with us as we’re not currently able to process these online. Contact a member of our Administration Team if you have any further questions on 0121 380 6229 / 6515 / 6623 or 7993
We no longer accept cheques or cash as payment for an explosives licence.
Online Bank Transfer
Account number: 69624186
Sort code: 60-15-39
Account name: West Midlands Fire & Rescue Authority
Reference: Renewal = ‘EXP-A01123456’, new licence = ‘EXP-NEW’ followed by first line of address
Credit or Debit Card
You can use credit and debit cards to pay via PayPal using the online system. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make your payment.