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Changes due to Brexit

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The Health and Safety Executive's Explosives Inspectorate works in partnership with local authorities, fire and rescue services and the police in enforcing legislation on explosives in Great Britain (separate legislation applies in Northern Ireland).

In general terms the division of responsibilities is as follows. HSE has licensing and enforcement responsibility for:

Local authorities, fire services and the police are responsible for licensing and enforcement for stores holding less than two tonnes of explosive. The licensing/enforcement responsibility will depend on the type of explosive and on the area.

Updated 2015-08-11