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Applying for a licence to store explosives

You must have a security clearance if you are applying for a licence or permit for a security-sensitive explosive.

You need a licence or permit to store explosives unless you:

  • are storing a limited quantity of exempt explosives, as listed in Schedule 4 of the Explosives Regulation 2017
  • have another explosives licence that authorises the storage of the explosive
  • are storing explosives at a government reserve.

Licences vs permits

Licences authorise you to store explosives on an ongoing basis.

Permits allow you to store explosives temporarily at a site for a short period due to unforeseen, unplanned or transitory reasons, or in relation to a permit to import or export explosives.

A special permit to store explosives at an arms fair is also available.

Application requirements

Check the application form for a list of requirements, including requirements for security clearances for security-sensitive explosives 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:

Fees and payment options

Read about payment options and make sure you include an acceptable methods of payment form (PDF, 362KB) with your application.

Licence class Licence type Licence fee and period
Permit to store explosives N/A {{ 35397 }}
Licence to store explosives For blasting explosives up to 100kg 1 year  {{ 35365 }}
5 years  {{ 35364 }}
Licence to store explosives For blasting explosives greater than 100kg 1 year  {{ 35367 }}
5 years  {{ 35366 }}
Licence to store explosives For propellant powders up to 100kg 1 year  {{ 35369 }}
5 years  {{ 35368 }}
Licence to store explosives For propellant powders greater than 100kg but not greater than 250kg 1 year  {{ 35371 }}
5 years  {{ 35370 }}
Licence to store explosives For propellant powders greater than 250kg 1 year  {{ 35373 }}
5 years  {{ 35372 }}
Licence to store explosives For fireworks up to 100kg (gross weight) 1 year  {{ 35375 }}
5 years  {{ 35374 }}
Licence to store explosives For fireworks greater than 100kg (gross weight) 1 year  {{ 35377 }}
5 years  {{ 35376 }}
Licence to store explosives For explosives not mentioned above, not more than 100kg, including SSAN 1 year  {{ 35379 }}
5 years  {{ 35378 }}
Licence to store explosives For explosives not mentioned above, greater than 100kg, including SSAN 1 year  {{ 35381 }}
5 years  {{ 35380 }}