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Fees

This page gives details of the fees chargeable under the Health and Safety and Nuclear Fees Regulations 2016, for:

These fees apply from 6th April 2016.

Fees for licences granted by HSE

These fees are payable for licences granted by HSE – except licences for storage at mines and in harbour areas.

Type of application Fee Fee for work by specialist inspector (per hour worked)
Licence to manufacture explosives £656 £132
Licence to manufacture or store only ammonium nitrate blasting intermediate £162  
Licence to manufacture explosives by means of on-site mixing £243 £132
Licence to store explosives £656 £132
Renewal of any of the above licences £86 £132
Varying a licence for manufacture or storage not being ammonium nitrate blasting
intermediate
£450 £132
Varying a licence to manufacture or
store ammonium nitrate blasting
intermediate
£162  
Transfer of licence £54  
Replacement licence document  if lost £54  

No VAT is payable on these fees.

Fees for licences granted by local licensing authorities

These fees also apply to licences granted by HSE at mines and in harbour area.

Type of application Duration Fee

Licence to store explosives where, by virtue of regulation 27 of, and Schedule 5 to, the 2014 Regulations, a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed

1 year £185
2 years £243
3 years £304
4 years £374
5 years £423

Renewal of licence to store explosives where a minimum separation distance of greater than 0 metres is prescribed

1 year £86
2 years £147
3 years £206
4 years £266
5 years £326

Licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed

1 year £109
2 years £141
3 years £173
4 years £206
5 years £238

Renewal of licence to store explosives where no minimum separation distance or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed

1 year £54
2 years £86
3 years £120
4 years £152
5 years £185
Licence variation
Varying the name of licensee or address of site £36
Any other kind of variation The reasonable cost to the licensing authority of having the work carried out
Transfer of licence £36
Replacement of licence if lost £36

Please note that the time-limited fees given above are for whole years. Fees for parts of a year would be on a pro-rata basis. For example:

Fees for explosive certificates - No VAT is payable on these fees.

A fee is payable for an explosive certificate where the applicant also holds a licence under the Explosives Regulations 2014. In other cases no fee is charged.

Type of application Duration Fee
(a) Explosives certificate for acquiring and keeping explosives, not including an application for an explosives certificate referred to in entries (c), (g) or (i), at a site in relation to which a person holds a licence to store explosives, no minimum separation distance is prescribed or a 0 metres minimum separation distance is prescribed 1 year £130
  2 years £162
  3 years £196
  4 years £228
  5 years £261
(b) Renewal of the above certificate 1 year £114
  2 years £135
  3 years £157
  4 years £180
  5 years £201
(c) Explosives certificate for acquiring and keeping explosives, not including an application for an explosives certificate referred to in entries (a), (g) or (i), at a site in relation to which a person holds a licence for the storage of no more than 2000 kilograms of explosives 1 year £141
  2 years £173
  3 years £206
  4 years £238
  5 years £271
(d) Renewal of the above certificate 1 year £135
  2 years £162
  3 years £190
  4 years £217
  5 years £243
(e) Explosives certificate for acquiring and keeping explosives, not including an application for an explosives certificate referred to in entries (g) or (i), at a site in relation to which a person holds a licence for the storage of more than 2000 kilograms of explosives 1 year £190
  2 years £228
  3 years £266
  4 years £304
  5 years £342
(f) Renewal of the above certificate 1 years £167
  2 years £201
  3 years £233
  4 years £266
  5 years £298
(g) Explosives certificate for acquiring and keeping only shooters’ powder at a site in relation to which the applicant holds a licence, where the applicant also makes a relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968   £25
(h) Renewal of the above explosives certificate where the applicant also makes a relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 to the chief officer of police determining the renewal application which is to be determined at the same time   £16
(i) Explosives certificate for acquiring and keeping only shooters’ powder at a site in relation to which the applicant holds a licence or registration and the applicant also holds a relevant certificate, where no relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 by the applicant is to be determined at the same time   £46
(j) Renewal of the above explosives certificate where no relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 by the applicant is to be determined at the same time   £19
(k) Explosives certificate for acquiring more than 15 kilograms of explosives, not including an application for an explosives certificate referred to in entries (m) or (o) 1 year £130
  2 years £162
  3 years £196
  4 years £228
  5 years £261
(l) Renewal of the above certificate 1 years £114
  2 years £135
  3 years £157
  4 years £180
  5 years £201
(m) Explosives certificate for acquiring more than 15 kg of shooters’ powder only, where the applicant also makes a relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 to the chief officer of police determining the explosives certificate application which is to be determined at the same time   £25
(n) Renewal of the above explosives certificate where the applicant also makes a relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 to the chief officer of police determining the renewal application which is to be determined at the same time   £16
(o) Explosives certificate for acquiring more than 15 kg of shooters’ powder only, where the applicant holds a relevant certificate and no relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 by the applicant is to be determined at the same time.   £46
(p) Renewal of the above explosives certificate where no relevant application under the Firearms Act 1968 by the applicant is to be determined at the same time   £19
(q) Replacement of any explosive certificate referred to in entries (a) to (f) and (k) and (l) if lost   £36
(r) Replacement of any explosive certificate referred to in entries (g) to (j) and (m) to (p) if lost   £10

Fees for the classification of explosives

On 24th October 2011, the Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations 1983 (CLER) and the associated cost recovery of fees under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2010 was revoked by a set of Amending Regulations to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG). From this date, the costs of all work carried out by the HSE, in connection with the classification of explosives and fireworks, will be recovered under the provisions of CDG. The fee payable for work undertaken by a Specialist Inspector/Administrator will remain at £68 per hour worked in line with previous arrangements. No VAT is payable on this fee.

Fees for licences granted under the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987

Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987

Type of application Fee Fee for work by specialist inspector (per hour worked)
Grant of an explosives licence or alteration of the terms of an existing explosives licence £716 £132
Change of licence name or address £56  
Updated: 2016-04-06