Applying for an Explosives Certificate

The Control of Explosives Regulations 1991 (COER) require a person who acquires or keeps explosives to hold an explosives certificate issued by the Police.

There are two types of COER Explosives licences:

If you are applying as a company or corporate body:

You will need to complete Explosives Form ER 4  if you are applying to Cheshire Constabulary for the grant of an explosives certificate, or Explosives Form ER 4b for the renewal of an existing certificate.

Used for:

  • Any application for the grant or renewal of a certificate by a company or corporate body or individuals on behalf of an organisation.

Do not use for:

  • Grant application by an individual for their own use of Black powder in firearms or shotguns
  • Grant application by an individual for their own use of Black powder in relation to re-enactment (cannon crew etc)
  • Any renewal of the above situations
  • Any type of Visitor(s) application.

If you are applying as an individual:

You will need to complete Explosives Form ER 4a to apply to Cheshire Constabulary for the grant of an explosives certificate, or the renewal of an existing certificate.

Use for:

  • Grant applications by an individual for their own use of Black powder in firearms or shotguns
  • Grant applications for an individual's own use in relation to re-enactment
  • Renewal of a certificate that is not to be co-terminal with their application to renew a firearm or shotgun certificate
  • Renewal of a certificate where the applicant wishes to change from acquire only to acquire and keep or vice versa
  • Renewal where the applicant is now applying for or has a registration/licence under MSER.

Do not use for:

  • Any type of visitor(s) application
  • Any application that is not for the purpose specified under the Use for heading.

Submitting your application

All forms and photographs, duly signed should be forwarded to:

Cheshire Constabulary
Firearms Licensing Department
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

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Further information

For more information download our Firearms Licensing Information Booklet or contact us on the following:

Telephone: 01606 362084

Fax: 01606 362127

E-mail: hq.firearms.licensing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk