Applying for a pyrotechnics (special use) licence

Pyrotechnics special use licence - application form - 72 Kb

This form or template is required to apply for a pyrotechnics special use licence.

When is this licence required?

A pyrotechnics (special use) licence is required for the use of, and to hold theatrical fireworks or specialised pyrotechnics events.

The pyrotechnics (special use) licence is issued for five years.

Licence holders are able to store and transport limited amounts of theatrical fireworks.

Who can apply?

Only individuals, not companies or businesses, can be licensed.

The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a current dangerous goods security card or recognised security clearance
  • possess competencies acceptable to the department’s Chief Dangerous Goods Officer.

Security clearance

Assessing Fitness to Drive - Medical Standards for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers is available from Austroads.


A detailed summary of your experience to demonstrate your competency in the safe handling of pyrotechnic devices.

Competency for fireworks operator licence - information sheet - 100 Kb

A fireworks operator licence states the types and/or size of fireworks that may be initiated appropriate to the level of knowledge and practical experience previously gained.

Mutual recognition

If you are not a resident in Western Australia, but hold a pyrotechnics (special use) licence in another State or Territory of Australia, or New Zealand, you may apply for mutual recognition of that licence.

For information on mutual recognition refer to Applying for mutual recognition.

Required information

Applications for a pyrotechnics (special use) licence must be accompanied by specific information.

Before completing your application, ensure you have the documents described in Pyrotechnics special use licence - general information and summarised below.

Pyrotechnics special use licence - general information - 129 Kb

The following information is to guide you on the requirements for applying for and renewing pyrotechnics (special use) licences.

Item Document details     Date before lodgement
Competency training
  • Detailed summary of your experience in fireworks events you have participated in, the fireworks permit number, and the level of involvement in the events
  • References from your employer(s) to support the claim
  • Training completed in other jurisdictions of Australia will be accepted, but is not mandatory.
  • Certificate of Attainment (if applicable).
Photograph Colour passport photo Recent
Relevant offence Original or certified copies of documents detailing any conviction and/or charge pending relating to a relevant offence  
Dangerous goods security card Colour copy of both sites of a valid WA dangerous goods security card or interstate equivalent  
Proof of identity

Colour copy of both sides of your motor driver’s licence (MDL) from any Australian State or Territory or New Zealand or:

  • WA photo card
  • Australian or international passport
  • Licence or permit issued by an Australian State or Territory or New Zealand
  • Proof of age card.



Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.

Application fees

The licence fee payable covers the 5-year period of the licence.

MasterCard and Visa are accepted forms of payment and the fee is payable online through the departmental submissions portal.

Go to Schedule of fees and charges for more information on licence fees.

Lodging the application

The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by:

  • required information
  • the fee

this can be paid by credit card (details on application form)
by cheque made payable to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
cash payments can only be made when lodging in person.

Mailed to:
Dangerous Goods Licensing
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Locked Bag 100
East Perth WA 6892

Lodged in person:
303 Sevenoaks Street (entrance via Grose Avenue)
Cannington WA 6107


For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing
Phone: (08) 6251 2300

Related information

Notification of changes of details

The Chief Dangerous Goods Officer must be notified within 14 days of any material changes to the details on a licence or registration.

Incident reporting

Pyrotechnics (special use) licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents involving theatrical fireworks, including unexplained losses or theft.

Other guidance

Overview of explosives regulations - information sheet - 267 Kb

This document is for guidance only and the definitive statutory requirements are contained in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (the Explosives Regulations).

Applicable legislation