Fireworks displays

Any person who is employed by, or in business as, a professional organiser or operator of firework displays, can apply to the Council for a dispensation from the general prohibition on using adult fireworks during night hours. Dispensations can only be granted where the applicant proposes to put on a fireworks display, or to use fireworks at a national public celebration or national commemorative event.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be employed by, or in business as, a professional organiser or operator of fireworks displays. 

An application for a dispensation shall be made to the council in whose area the applicant proposes to put on an event. Any application for a dispensation must be received by the council at least six weeks before the proposed event. The application must be made in writing and include:

  • the name and address of the applicant  
  • a description of the proposed fireworks display, national public celebration or national commemorative event  
  • details of the fireworks proposed to be used at the event  
  • the proposed location of the event  
  • the proposed date or dates and hours during which fireworks will be used at the event

Successful applicants will be prohibited from using fireworks in terms of the dispensation unless they give public notice in the prescribed manner of the proposed use no later than seven days prior to the commencement of the event

No fee is payable in terms of an application.

Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process

The Council must have regard to the need to minimise the risk that fireworks will be used with harmful consequences for people, animals or property, when considering an application for a dispensation to allow the display of fireworks late at night.

Any application for a dispensation received by the Council will be processed as quickly as possible and, in any event, within a period of two weeks. This period will run from the time that all of the required information has been submitted.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting the application, please contact us.

Apply for dispensation for a fireworks display

Application Redress

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

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