⚠️ Notice for holders of Fireworks/Explosives licences ⚠️
Extension to explosives licenses for retailers (storage & supply licenses)
Following HM Government’s recent decision to close all non-essential shops due to the Covid-19 pandemic. West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority as the Local Licensing Authority (LLA) within West Yorkshire appreciate the impact this will have on businesses especially retailers of a non-essential items and in particular, those which we issue licences for in relation to fireworks/explosives.
As a result of this we have taken the decision to extend the date of all firework/explosive licences whilst this period of closure is in place. At present the period of closure has not been determined so we are not in a position to give specific details of the length of the extension period to your licence. We will provide these details following further announcements made by HM Government. You do not need to take any action about this period of extension to your explosives licence our administration team will send you out a reminder prior to your licence expiring.
Please be rest assured that during this period we will automatically extend current licences so that holders do not commit an offence due to reasons out of their control.
Contact Details – Senior Inspector Petroleum & Explosives – 0113 387 5722
The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is responsible for the enforcement of the following acts and regulations which pertain to the storage of petroleum-spirit and certain types and quantities of explosives.
Important Information for Fireworks License Holders or Applicants who wish to store Fireworks for sale in 2019.
The following information relates to legislative changes introduced by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010 and now required by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015.
The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 require that from the 5 July 2017 all consumer fireworks sold in the UK must comply with Part 2 of those Regulations.
Part 2 outlines the legal obligations of economic operators, retailers etc.
The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015 specify those fireworks which may be supplied to the general public. These are listed as Category F1, F2 and F3 fireworks.
Only fireworks that comply with European safety standards that carry a CE mark and are correctly labelled, with details of the manufacturer and importer, can legally be supplied to consumers after the 5 July 2017.
Please be advised that if you are currently stocking retail fireworks that do not bear the required CE mark and are instead labelled under BS7114: Part 2 they will need to be sold or returned to your supplier before 5 July 2017. After this date it becomes an offence to sell these fireworks and you will be required to dispose of them at your own expense.
As the legislation currently stands, after 5 July 2017 fireworks – those are marked as complying with BS7114: Part 2 can no longer be supplied to the public.
Please take this into consideration when purchasing any new stock this season. If in doubt please contact your supplier.
Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014) – The Explosive Regulations will be supported by a suite of overarching and subsector guidance. The overarching guidance consists of two documents:
- L150 focuses on safety provisions
- L151 covers security provision
Both the above documents are available from the HSE website
- If there are no changes to the storage arrangements which were agreed at the time of issuing the licence, then there are no requirements to re submit plans to the licencing authority.
- Please note it is likely to take 4 weeks to process any application received.
For the appropriate fees etc. please click HERE
Download (PDF) form: Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014
Download Word (DOCX) form: Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014
Download (PDF): Retailers Firework Storage Suitability Flowchart.
Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR)
The PCR came into force on the 1st October 2014. Due to this change in legislation the Petroleum Licensing Authority (i.e. West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority) will be known as the Petroleum Enforcement Authority (PEA).
As with existing petrol storage legislation, they apply to:
- workplaces that store petrol and dispense it through manual or electrical pumping from a storage tank, i.e. petrol filling stations (retail and non-retail);
- storage of petrol at non-workplace premises, e.g. private homes, clubs, associations, etc.
The Regulations consolidate much of the existing legislation so there is little overall change.
The Regulations do not change existing health and safety responsibilities for petrol filling station operators or those working at them.
The licensing regime is being replaced with a certification scheme. To store petrol at a petrol filling station a petroleum storage certificate (storage certificate) will be required.
The application process is similar to the current system for licences and applications will be to the local Petroleum Enforcement Authority.
Fees remain the same and will be collected by the PEA issuing the storage certificate and remain at the same level as the pre-existing PCA licensing fees.