As a rule, you need a licence from an appropriate licensing authority to store explosives. The amount stored, the storage location, and how long you can store it, depends on the type and quantity of explosive.
In general, explosives certification has a similar validity to shotgun and firearm certificates.
The authorities can issue explosive certificates to 'acquire and keep' for any period up to five (5) years. The same applies for an explosive certificate to acquire only.
What if someone rents a garage or a lockup near to you and you believe there are explosives inside. Who should you tell?
You can contact your local police. Use the 101 police non emergency telephone number. Try to give them as much information and details as possible with names and addresses.
The police will forward the information to the most relevant department for you. The police can also give you further advice on how to warn your neighbours of any possible dangers.
As a rule, the police are unlikely to visit the location and make a forced entry into the lockup or garage. Instead, they will collate intelligence and evidence before taking any direct action.
Note: You are within your rights to report this type of situation to the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Costs vary for the certification of granting and renewing licences for certain firearms or explosive materials. The price of various certificates are as follows:
If you change your address you must notify the relevant police force without delay. You will find the details of the exact person or department to notify on the papers that you received concerning the certificate.
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Answers to Police Questions about Explosives Laws in United Kingdom