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

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.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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