Fireworks or mixed explosives licensing

Selling fireworks

All suppliers must comply with the law that controls the sale of fireworks.

When can I sell fireworks 

When you have a licence to store, you are only permitted to sell adult fireworks during the permitted time periods which are:

  • 15 October to 10 November 
  • 26 to 31 December
  • the first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately before it
  • The day of Diwali and the three days immediately before it 

An adult firework is any firework except for a cap, cracker snap (Christmas cracker), novelty match, party popper, serpent, throw down or sparkler.

If you wish to sell fireworks outside of these permitted time periods you will need to make a separate application to us for a selling licence under the Fireworks Regulations 2004.


Annual licence £500 


If you wish to apply for a licence you can print out and complete the application form for a licence to sell fireworks alternatively contact us for a copy.

Underage sales

All firework suppliers must display warning notices in their premise and the fireworks must be correctly labelled by the manufacturer.  Some types of fireworks are banned and must not be sold.  

Fireworks must not be sold to anyone under the age of 18.  We recommend always using the Challenge 25 principle when you sell fireworks.

Challenge 25 encourages retailers to refuse to sell fireworks to anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 years old and who does not present an acceptable form of photo identification.

There is more advice about the retail sale of fireworks and underage sales.

Further information 

If you are a Bromley business and require further advice about selling fireworks please email us and we will contact you to discuss.

We can only help you if your business is located within the borough. If not, you must contact your local Trading Standards Department, whose details can be found through the Trading Standards Institute.

Trading standards


Tel: 0300 303 8657

Fax: 020 8313 4450

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH