A person or company storing explosives, including fireworks, must have a storage licence. Fife Council has responsibility for administering storage licences in Fife, for quantities of no more than 2000 kg of explosives.
The least expensive licence covers storage of up to 250 kg of hazard type 4 fireworks and you can apply for a licence to cover up to 5 years. Only fixed premises can be registered. Fireworks cannot be sold at market stalls, car boot sales or other temporary sales points.
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How to apply
Download an application form for a storage licence below (PDF format).
Please return your completed application form with any required documents to Trading Standards Team, Economy Planning & Employability, 3rd Floor Main, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes KY7 5LT.
You can pay online at www.fifedirect.org.uk or send a cheque made payable to Fife Council to the same address.
Renewed licences will be valid from the date of expiry of the previous licence and will remain in force for up to 5 years as per the application.
Please note: the onus to renew an existing licence is the responsibility of the person who submitted the original application. No reminder letter to renew a licence will be issued by Fife Council.
Restrictions on sales
If you have been granted a storage licence, you are only permitted to sell adult fireworks during the following time periods:
- 15 October to 10 November.
- 26 December to 31 December.
- On the 1st day of the Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it.
- On the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it.
If you wish to sell outside of these periods, you will need to apply for an all-year sales licence and pay a fee of £500.
It is an offence:
- To store fireworks on unlicensed premises.
- To supply any firework which is not CE marked or fails to comply with BS EN 15947.
- To sell fireworks to a person under 18 years of age. The maximum penalty for selling fireworks to anyone under age is a £5,000 fine.
- To sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw-downs to a person under 16.
Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004
Requires any premise selling fireworks must display a A3 sized notice in a prominent position giving the following information:
IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL CATEGORY F2 FIREWORKS OR CATEGORY F3 FIREWORKS TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18
IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 TO POSSESS CATEGORY F2 FIREWORKS OR CATEGORY F3 FIREWORKS IN A PUBLIC PLACE
Dispensation from the prohibition of use of fireworks
If you are planning a late night firework display or celebration you will need to apply for a dispensation to allow you to use fireworks. You can apply online and there is no fee for this service.
Note: applications must be received by the local authority not later than 6 weeks prior to the proposed fireworks display.
Tel: 01592 583141 Contact Trading Standards online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT