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Fireworks registration and licensing

By law, any business who wants to sell or store fireworks or other explosives must either register with us or obtain a licence from us, depending on the quantities involved.

If you are a business based in Merton and want to sell or store fireworks, please contact us at or telephone 020 8545 3025.

Unless you have a year-round licence, you can only sell fireworks at:

  • Bonfire Night - 15 October to 10 November
  • New Year's Eve - 26 December to 31 December
  • Chinese New Year - on the first day of the Chinese New Year and the three days preceding it
  • Diwali - on the day of Diwali and the three days preceding it.

Report illegal sales

You can let us know if a trader in Merton is selling fireworks to underage persons or offering them for sale at the wrong time of year: please contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline. It is also against the law for a retailer to split boxed selections of fireworks.

What we do

We check that fireworks are stored safely at retail premises and are only sold at certain times of the year (unless the trader has an all year licence). Fireworks should not be sold to people under 18 years of age and we carry out test purchasing exercises to make sure that businesses are not breaking the law. We also inspect fireworks to ensure they comply with the relevant British safety standards.

Although we have no legal responsibility for ensuring the safe use of fireworks, we work with other agencies such as the police and fire service to promote responsible and safe use.

Useful websites

Business advice

If your business is based in the borough and you need advice on consumer and fair trading matters, you can contact us directly at You can also visit the Business Companion website which covers all major Trading Standards legislation.

For comprehensive and up to date guidance on how to deal with customer complaints, refunds and returns visit the Sale of Goods Act (SOGA) hub website. All the training and promotional materials provided are available to access online or to download in a variety of formats.

Contact us

Trading Standards
Merton Civic Centre
London Road 
Tel: 020 8545 3025

Consumer Advice

The Citizens Advice consumer service provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues.

Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline