Applying for a licence to manufacture explosives
A person must have a security clearance if applying for a licence or permit relating to security-sensitive explosives.
A licence to manufacture explosives allows you to:
- manufacture certain explosives at a designated location
- purchase, possess and store certain explosives at a designated location.
We issue 3 types of licences, depending on whether the explosives will be made:
- at an explosives factory
- at a place of use that's not an explosives factory, such as a mine site
- in a mobile manufacturing unit (vehicle-based) for blasting explosives.
The licence for a mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) allows the transport of certain explosives and their ingredients.
Check the application form for a list of requirements, including requirements for security clearances and a safety and security management system.
Publicly listed corporations must appoint a responsible person for explosives matters if they have not already done so.
How to apply
Your application should include:
- Form E204 – Application for a licence to manufacture explosives
- licence fee (see below)
- supporting documents (according to the required documentation on the application form).
Fees and payment options
Licence fees can only be paid via credit card (BPOINT) following submission of the online form. Read more about payment of licence fees.
Fees for licences to manufacture
|Licence class||Licence type||Licence fee and period|
|Licence to manufacture explosives||For an explosives factory other than a mobile manufacturing unit||
$481.96 (excl. GST)|
5 years $2,409.80 (excl. GST)
|Licence to manufacture explosives||For a mobile manufacturing unit||
$221.71 (excl. GST)|
5 years $1,108.55 (excl. GST)
|Licence to manufacture explosives||For a place of use that's not an explosives factory||
$111.73 (excl. GST)|
5 years $558.65 (excl. GST)
Obligations of licence holders
Licence holders must follow the conditions of their licence, including manufacturing only authorised explosives.
They must not supply explosives to anyone not authorised to possess the explosives.
Persons transporting an explosive in a mobile manufacturing unit must comply with the code of practice for mobile processing units, edition 3, June 2014 (PDF, 434KB).
For storing and handling explosives, read the code of practice for storage and handling and explosives (PDF, 2.4MB).
- Last reviewed: 31 Jan 2020
- Last updated: 6 Mar 2023
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