Newham

Fireworks storage and selling licences

If you wish to store fireworks, either to sell or for a display, you must have an up-to-date registration or licence. If you store fireworks and you are not registered or licensed, you could be fined up to £5,000 or given a prison sentence of up to six months.

On this page you can find out how to apply for a licence or registration. You can also find information about what fireworks you can sell and when.

A pile of fireworks

​Storing fireworks

The type of licence you will need will depend on the amount of fireworks you wish to store.
 

More than 2000kg of fireworks

If you wish to store more than 2000kg of fireworks, you will need to apply for a licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
 

More than 250kg and less than 2000kg of fireworks

If you wish to store more than 250kg but less than 2000kg of fireworks, you will need to apply for a licence from us.
 
All licences are valid until 30 September each year regardless of when you applied. You will need to renew your licence before 1 October each year.
 

More than 50kg and less than 250kg of fireworks

If you wish to store more than 50kg and less than 250kg of fireworks either to sell or for a display, you will need to apply for a fireworks storage registration from us.
 
All registrations are valid until 30 September each year regardless of when you applied. You will need to renew your licence before 1 October each year.
 
If you are unsure whether you should apply for a registration or a licence, please email us, or phone us on 0203 430 2000.
 
 

Selling fireworks

What you can and cannot sell

It is illegal for retailers to sell fireworks to anyone who is under 18 years old.
 
It is illegal to sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns to anyone under 16 years old.
 
You must only sell fireworks that conform to British Safety Standards and meet certain noise conditions. They must have BS 7114 printed on the box.
 

When you can sell fireworks

You can only sell fireworks during the weeks leading up to:
  • Bonfire Night
  • New Year's Eve
  • Diwali and
  • Chinese New Year.
If you wish to sell fireworks outside the permitted periods you will need to apply for a licence from us. You should either email us, phone us on 0203 430 2000 or write to us at:

Trading Standards
London Borough of Newham
Town Hall Annexe
330-354 Barking Road
London
E6 2RT.
 
A licence costs £500.
 
 

Fireworks safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has advice on how to store, sell and organise fireworks displays safely.
Back to top