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Great Britain - Information for Retailers

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  • You must register or obtain a licence to store fireworks
  • Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18.

Information for Retailers

Legislation is in place affecting the sale and storage of fireworks. If you supply or sell fireworks, you should be aware of your responsibilities and recent changes to legislation. Full details of the legislation can be found in the Retailers Guide to Selling Fireworks.

Shops have to register or obtain a licence from Trading Standards to be allowed to store fireworks for sale. If they aren't registered or licensed, retailers could be fined up to £5,000 or given a prison sentence of up to six months.

It is illegal for retailers to sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns to anyone who is under 16 and to sell all other fireworks to anyone who is under 18.

Retailers must only sell fireworks that conform to British Safety Standards and meet certain noise conditions. They must have BS 7114 printed on the box.

Unless they have a special licence, suppliers must only sell fireworks during the weeks leading up to Storing and DisplayingBonfire Night, New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

Storing and Displaying

Information on how to safely store and display fireworks can be found here

 

Remember:

  • You must register or obtain a licence to store fireworks
  • You must store fireworks safely
  • You must display a large notice reminding customers about the law with regard to underage sales and possession.
  • You must not sell fireworks to anyone who is under 18 - even if they appear to be older (it is recommended that proof of age is sought)
  • You must not sell caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns to anyone who is under 16
  • Boxes of fireworks must not be split and sold separately
  • All fireworks for the public must comply with the British Standard (BS 7114)
  • If you don't comply with these rules you could be fined £5,000 or imprisoned for 6 months.
RoSPA acknowledges that information on these pages is used courtesy of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (formerly the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.)
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