The Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 (COER) require a person who acquires or keeps explosives to hold an explosives certificate issued by the Police.
This allows a person or company to obtain named explosives, which are to be used straight away and not kept overnight. Valid for up to five years.
This allows a person or company to obtain named explosives and keep them in an approved storage place or manner. Valid for up to five years.
Form COER 1A - For individual applicants only (Firearms/Shotguns/Re-enactment)
Form COER 1B - For individual applicants only (Renewal Application Form)
Form COER 1 - For Company/Club/Society applicants, or use other than Firearms/Shotguns/Re-enactment
All applications must be submitted to the Police at the correct address as follows:
Acquire & Keep - to the Police Firearms/Explosives Licensing office for the area where the place of keeping is or will be situated.
Acquire only - the Police Firearms/Explosives Licensing office for the area in which the applicant resides or, in the case of a corporate body, in which the applicant has its registered office, or its principal office.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deal with the licensing of manufacturing plants, factories and stores holding more than 2000 kilos of explosive and in certain circumstances can give exemptions.
The Police are the Licensing Authority for explosives mentioned in Schedule 1 of COER up to 2000 Kilos.
|Licence||0.1 to 2000 kilos||Various explosives|
|Registration||0.1 to 30 kilos||Various explosives|
|Not licensed or registered||up to 10 Kg||Black powder|
|up to 5 Kg||Shooters powder|
|up to 15 Kg||Percussion caps and small arms ammunition (net explosive content)|
The Local Authority deal with licensing of explosives which are in Schedule 1 of COER - fireworks etc. up to 2000 Kilos.
Form MSER3 - to be completed and sent to the Police Firearms/Explosives Licensing office for the area where the store is situated.
The Licence/Registration can be issued for up to 3 years.
There is currently no charge for COER Certificates where no MSER Licence/Registration is required.
Fees are payable for COER 'Acquire & Keep' Certificates when the explosives are kept at MSER Licensed/Registered stores.
These fees are regularly updated and can be found on the HSE website, or contact an Explosives Liaison Officer.