A person (or company) storing explosives, including fireworks, requires a storage licence. Fife Council has responsibility for administering storage licences within Fife, in relation to quantities of no more than 2000 kg of explosives and only for explosives that are not subject to an explosives certificate.
Storage licence for fireworks
- The least expensive licence covers storage of up to 250 kg of hazard type 4 fireworks.
- You can apply for a licence to cover up to 5 years.
- In some cases you may not need a licence – for example if you only store up to 5 kg of fireworks or if you only store the fireworks for up to 24 hours.
Please note if you have an existing registration for the storage of explosives, this will remain valid until it expires.
Registered Firearms Dealers please contact Police Scotland.
For a licence to store explosives other than the above, please contact the Health & Safety Executive.
An in depth guide on the sale of fireworks, including licensing, categories of fireworks and age restriction is also available at https://www.businesscompanion.info (make sure the 'Scotland' option is selected).
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.
These will be valid from the date the licence is authorised by Fife Council and will remain in force for up to 5 years as per the application.
Download an application form for a storage licence (PDF format).
Please return your completed application form with any relevant documents to Trading Standards Team, Economy, Planning & Employability Services, Kingdom House, Kingdom Avenue, Glenrothes, KY7 5LY.
You can pay online at www.fifedirect.org.uk - go to £ Pay section or send a cheque made payable to 'Fife Council' to the same address.
If you have applied to your local authority (and been granted) a storage licence, then you can only 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.
Please note: the onus to renew any existing registration or licence before it expires is the responsibility of the person who submitted the original application for a registration or licence.
No reminder letter to renew a licence will be issued by Fife Council.
Restrictions on sales
It is an offence:
- To store fireworks on unlicensed premises. Only persons with fixed premises can be registered. Fireworks cannot be sold at market stalls, car boot sales or other temporary sales points.
- 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.
The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004
Where adult (categories F2 and F3) fireworks are supplied or exposed for supply in any premises, the Regulations require a notice to be displayed in a prominent position in those premises, no less than 420mm by 297mm (A3), with letters no less than 16mm high, 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
It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of and complying with the regulations covering the storage of explosives.
The licensing authority may visit your premises before granting a licence. The authority may prohibit storage of explosives at the site if it believes the site is unsafe. It may also take enforcement action if you are not storing safely.
It is an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to sell fireworks by retail without a licence or to store unsafely. The maximum penalty is a £5,000 fine and twelve months imprisonment.
The maximum penalty for supplying a category F2 or F3 firework to any person under 18 years, supplying a category F1 firework to any person under 16 years, or supplying a Christmas cracker to any person under 12 years, is a fine and three months' imprisonment.
Dispensation from the prohibition of use of fireworks at night
You will need to complete an application for a dispensation on the prohibition of use of fireworks during night hours if you are planning a late night display or celebration.
Applications must be received by the local authority not later than 6 weeks prior to the proposed fireworks display.
You can apply online, there is no fee for this service.
Tel: 01592 583141 Fax: 01592 583318 Contact Trading Standards online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY