With certain exceptions, an authorisation is required for the acquisition, keeping, transfer, storage and/or manufacture of explosives.
There are three types of authorisations:
A licence is a document that allows the holder to store and/or manufacture explosives. The holder of the licence is the person who controls the activities covered by that licence ie manufacturing and/or storing the explosives, and complies with the conditions of that licence.
Licences can be granted by either, Local Authorities, Police, HSE or ONR, depending on:
Find out how and where to apply for a licence.
Licences can be transferred from one person to another, provided:
If a licensee dies or becomes incapacitated, a person manufacturing or storing explosives in accordance with the conditions of the licence, will be treated as being licensed until either:
If a licensee becomes bankrupt, or a company with an explosives licence goes into liquidation, administration, or receivership any liquidator, administrator, receiver or trustee in the bankruptcy will be treated as the licensee.
An explosives certificate is a document that identifies a person as being fit to acquire and/or keep relevant explosives.
There are two types of certificate:
Anyone who wishes to acquire and or keep relevant explosives needs to contact their local police explosives liaison officer. All explosives are relevant explosives apart from those listed under Schedule 2 of Explosives Regulations 2014.
An RCA is a document approving the transfer of civil explosives. Before any explosives are transferred, the consignee shall obtain from the competent authority for the place where the transfer will terminate, a recipient competent authority document which grants approval for the transfer.
No person may carry civil explosives unless the civil explosives are accompanied by a recipient competent authority.
Further information on transfer of explosives is available.