A pyrotechnician's licence allows you to purchase, possess, use, store and transport fireworks.
The licence is valid for 5 years and covers the following types of fireworks:
- ground display fireworks
- theatrical and indoor fireworks (close proximity)
- Chinese string fireworks
- aerial shells up to 300mm, and
- aerial salutes up to 75 mm.
If you're wanting to use non-aerial fireworks for a single event, you can apply for a fireworks (single use) licence.
- be 18 years old or over
- hold a security clearance
- have the relevant qualifications, experience and knowledge.
What you need
- access to a printer
- your personal and contact details
- the application fee
- your proof of identity (100 points, as detailed on the application form)
- your security clearance (SC) licence details, or complete a security clearance licence application
- JP certified copies, and details of, interstate explosives licence/s, OR
- a statutory declaration from a licence holder who has supervised you during fireworks displays (a template comes with the application form)
- an approved witness (as specified on the form) for the statutory declaration (if applicable)
- certified copies of qualifications issued by a registered training organisation (if applicable)
- if you're intending to store the fireworks, a security plan and a map indicating the storage location
- the PDF form – 'Application for pyrotechnician's licence'.
How to apply
- Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
- Complete, print and sign the form.
- Ensure the statutory declaration is completed and witnessed (if applicable).
- Collect all the required documentation including the material needed for your SC application (if applicable).
- Lodge your application with payment, at your nearest Australia Post office.
- If you're lodging your application for an SC licence at the same time, it will have to be approved before your pyrotechnician's licence application will be processed.
- The SC licence was previously called an unsupervised handling licence (UHL).
- As a licence holder, you must:
- notify SafeWork NSW before carrying out any displays
- advise SafeWork NSW of any changes to your licence details within 14 days
- comply with the operational conditions set out for pyrotechnicians and single use fireworks licences
- comply with the requirements of your licence and the explosives legislation or the licence may be suspended or cancelled.
Last updated: 1 April 2021