Apply for a permit for the storage of pyrotechnic articles (fireworks)

Under certain conditions, the State Office for Environmental and Occupational Safety can issue a permit for the storage of pyrotechnic articles on application.

According to § 17 of the Explosives Act,
1. the establishment and operation of warehouses in which explosive substances are to be stored for commercial purposes within the framework of an economic enterprise or an agricultural or forestry enterprise or in the employment of workers,
2. the substantial change in the nature or operation of such warehouses
a permit. The storage of pyrotechnic objects (fireworks) is possible up to the exemption quantities specified in Annexes 6 and 7 of the 2nd Explosives Ordinance without a storage permit. If you want to store pyrotechnics beyond this amount, you need a storage permit.



The State Office for Environmental and Occupational Safety can issue an authorisation for the storage of pyrotechnic articles if the legal requirements are met and you submit an informal application.


This application must contain at least:
- Name and address of the applicant, copy of the permit according to § 7 SprengG for the handling of explosive substances
- Information on the type and quantity of explosive substances (BAM group, storage group, compatibility group)
- Field map with marked deposit
- Floor plan of the deposit.





The State Office for Environmental and Occupational Safety checks the documents received and usually drives on site to look at the premises and to view surrounding buildings and streets.
Depending on the storage group and quantity, protective distances to neighbouring buildings and traffic routes must be observed. Depending on the storage group, these are calculated using a formula in accordance with Annex 1 of the 2nd Explosives Ordinance.
If all requirements are met, a storage permit is issued. Depending on the effort, a storage permit can be expected after about 3-4 weeks.


  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Copy of the permit according to §7 SprengG for the handling of explosive substances
  • Information on the type and quantity of explosive substances (BAM group, storage group, compatibility group)
  • Field map with marked deposit
  • Floor plan of the deposit

Preconditions

On request, a permit for the storage of pyrotechnic articles may be granted. The prerequisite for this is a permit according to § 7 SprengG for the handling of explosive substances as well as a safe storage location that meets the requirements of the 2nd Explosives Ordinance.

Depending on the storage group and quantity, protective distances to neighbouring buildings and traffic routes must be observed. Depending on the storage group, these are calculated using a formula in accordance with Annex 1 of the 2nd Explosives Ordinance.

Hints

In order to simplify communication and speed up the procedure, you should appoint a contact person in your company when submitting the application and provide their contact details.

Related Links

  • § 18 Explosives Act (SprengG)
  • First Ordinance on the Explosives Act (1st SprengV)
  • Second Ordinance on the Explosives Act (2nd SprengfV)
  • In order to obtain a storage permit, you must submit an informal application to the National Office for Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health and attach all the documents required to decide on your application. It must also include a detailed description of the project and the location.
  • The documents submitted by you will be checked for completeness and conclusiveness and, if necessary, documents will be requested. After receipt of all required documents, the responsible clerk will look at the storage location on site. For this purpose, he/she will usually make an appointment with you, in which you will again have the opportunity to explain the project.
  • The clerk checks the structural requirements and the distances to neighbouring buildings and traffic routes on site.  
  • If necessary, the clerk may then request further documents (e.B. an expert opinion) in order to be able to issue a storage permit if all requirements are met.
  • If all requirements are met, the permit can be granted. In the absence of the conditions, a negative decision shall be issued.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Last update or date of publication
21.05.2021