Businesses that must close because of new coronavirus regulations

To reduce the spread of infection, a number of businesses and venues across the country must temporarily close, and not to open for trade.

The government created new regulations to enforce these closures where necessary. A business operating in breach of these regulations will be committing an offence.

Sale of explosives and fireworks

Under the provisions of the Explosive Regulations 2014 a licence is required to store fireworks in any premises. Tower Hamlets (often jointly with local fire services) inspect premises to ensure that safety conditions are met prior to issuing a licence.

Applicants may request licences for longer periods up to 5 years, however the council may refuse extended licences. You can download the application form .

Firework sale dates

Unless the trader has a separate licence from Tower Hamlets, fireworks may only be sold from:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

Regulations

Tower Hamlets Trading Standards investigates all fireworks related problems, including sales of fireworks to under-aged people, the sale of dangerous explosives and the unsafe storage of fireworks.

Suppliers and retailers of fireworks must be registered with Tower Hamlets and suppliers of fireworks outside the recognised fireworks season – which is about three weeks each year – must have a licence from the Tower Hamlets Licensing Section.

Additionally, wholesalers must provide Tower Hamlets Licensing with information about large sales of fireworks.

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud.  It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

For more details on how your information is used please refer to the Environmental Health & Trading Standard privacy notice.

Explosives and firework licensing fees

Firework licensing fees
 Licence type Duration Fees

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - new

 (a) one year’s duration

 

 

 £109.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - new

 (b) two years’ duration

 

 £141.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - new

 (c) three years’ duration

 £173.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - new

 (d) four years’ duration

 

 £206.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - new

 (e) five years’ duration

 £238.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - renewal

 (a) one year’s duration

 £54.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - renewal

 (b) two years’ duration

 £86.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - renewal

 (c) three years’ duration

 £120.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - renewal

 (d) four years’ duration

 £152.00

 Licence to store explosives Up to 250kg net - renewal

 (e) five years’ duration

 £185.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up 20 2,000kg net - new

 (a) one year’s duration

 £185.00

 

 Licence to store explosives Up 20 2,000kg net - new

 (b) two years’ duration

£243.00 

 Licence to store explosives Up 20 2,000kg net - new

 (c) three years’ duration

 £304.00

Licence to store explosives Up 20 2,000kg net - new

(d) four years’ duration

374.00

Licence to store explosives Up 20 2,000kg net - new

(e) five years’ duration

£423.00

Licence to store explosives Up to 2,000kg net - renewal 

(a) one year’s duration

£86.00

Licence to store explosives Up to2,000kg net - renewal 

(b) two years’ duration

£147.00

Licence to store explosives Up to 2,000kg net - renewal 

(c) three years’ duration

£206.00

Licence to store explosives Up to 2,000kg net - renewal 

(d) four years’ duration

£266.00

Licence to store explosives Up to 2,000kg net - renewal 

(e) five years’ duration

£326.00

Explosives:

Varying licence/registration varying name of licensee or registered person, or address of site

£36.00

Explosives: any other kind of variation

The reasonable cost to the licensing authority of having the work carried out

£36.00

Explosives: Transfer of licence

N/A

£36.00

Explosives: Replacement of licence or registration referred to in this Part if lost

N/A

£36.00

Further information

You can download the legislation and get advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). You will be contacted in writing on receipt of the application form and a site visit arranged.