Paying £30-50 for a licence to buy or use certain fireworks

Paying £30-50 for a licence to buy or use certain fireworks

The Bill enables the Scottish Government to potentially charge people when they apply for a licence to buy or use CAT F2 and CAT F3 fireworks. If this is law is introduced, there could be a licence fee of between £30 and £50. Is this cost range too high, too low, or about right? If you agree with this proposal, rate it up (👍), if you disagree, rate it down (👎). Please tell us what you think of the cost range using the comment boxes below. Is £30-£50 too high, too low, or about right? CAT F2 fireworks should only be used with spectators 8m away (2 cars length) while CAT F3 should only be used with spectators 25m away (a normal swimming pool size).


I think it's fine as it will put certain people off as they can't afford it.

Just ban completely except for public displays

Doesn't go far enough, general public should not be able to purchase

There are too many days when fireworks could be legally used

£50 is about right as it is not a significant amount to a serious and responsible individual putting on a display, but will discourage spur of the moment random purchase for petty or malevolent use. Difficulty is to police gangs of youths “clubbing together”to purchase a licence

I do agree that they should be licensed but for pyrotechnic professionals only- you should not be able to just buy a licience. Fireworks and other explosives should not be available to the general public.

Fireworks are a nightmare for anyone who cares about animals.

Licence requirements rarely put people off as who monitors them. Look at the number of people driving unlicensed cars

If members of the public are to be allowed access to fireworks the price of the licence should be higher.

I agree that we need regulation, however the cost of a licence should be much higher than the proposed amount. My dog has to be given diazepam due to fear and it is so difficult to watch her shaking with fear. The irresponsible use of fireworks must be eradicated.

Fireworks are equivalent to firearms when used wrongly

Cost needs to be higher at least £100

It won’t change anything , especially football fans will still misuse them . Try £500

It’s too cheap and no deterrent. If people want to waste money on fireworks that won’t be enough to stop them. It could become a sort of status symbol

I agree its a start Fireworks should only be used only in large celebrity gatherings and large areas not and i say Not in anyones back garden and Not were there is danger to wild life

Fireworks are dangerous and some people find it amusing to set them off in public places or worse, abuse innocent creatures with them. Displays should be licenced and fireworks only be purchased by those with a licence and only for organised events. Stop selling fireworks to the general public.

Provided that the "certain fireworks" are well defined and reasonable and the money raised is used to compensate victims of fireworks.

It would put a lot of people off, if the price was high.

Fireworks cause distress to pets, wildlife and to people. They should only be available to licensed firework displays for the public such as at the end of Edinburgh Festival and new year at Edinburgh Castle

Unfortunately if it is too cheap and easy to obtain a licence too many unsuitale people will want to get one. A reasonable annual fee will help with this.

It causes constant disturbance at all times of the day throughout the year and upsets my dog

Cost to low should be £100 or upwards and only then when proper training completed and uderstood

To the extent that fireworks are allowed at all, they must be limited to only being used in appropriate events.

Charging a licence fee is a good deterrent

It should make sure only fully licenced events can use fireworks in a safe way

It acts as a potential deterrent

No one should have access to dangerous fireworks.

it is sensible, as it drives individuals away from havig individual parties to more organised ones, with full H+S control.

There should be a requirement to complete training and the charge should be over £100 to include that cost

They should only be sold to legitimate organisations and not to the public.

it may deter the number of people buying fireworks

I disagree with this part of the bill because it favours people with money. As they can easily pay for a licence it would be unfair on those who can't. However, I am in favour of reducing the opportunity to buy fireworks from local shops. This aspect does not strike me as either fair or balanced.

Too cheap. Only licenced organisations should be able to buy them for licenced events, with distance controls to viewing public, where fireworks are under the control of a trained pyrotechnic operator.

It will impose an additional control to prevent dangerous use of fireworks. If only license holder are able to buy fireworks this will mean that only those who want to run a properly organised event hav access to fireworks.

I agree there should be a cost, but think it should be between £50- £100 to ensure only legitimate and responsible users are buying a license. This should deter any member of the public getting one.

A person wanting a small family box of supermarket fireworks is not going to pay this amount therefore, depriving their children of a fun family time, why can you own a dog of which can cause death or serious injury with no licence or checks, but a mum can't buy her children some sparklers, ridiculous proposal

I don’t think the public should be able to buy these fireworks.

The cost should be much higher. A bunch of lads get together, £10 each is nothing, and suddenly they have access to all the powerful fireworks! That is crazy! £500 may be more of a deterrent.

I believe in requiring a license to buy fireworks would certainly put off certain customers but who would police this and stop online platforms from selling false licenses which almost certainly will happen.

it's confusing - what's the event in April? Also if you do have to have fireworks restrict the buying opportunity to a couple of days before the event only. Don't need to be able to buy fireworks after an event - that's just plain stupid.

It should be all fireworks

It may deter the casual purchaser. I suggest £50-£100 would be more appropriate

it will stop people using fireworks wrongly.

the licence should be more expensive, maybe £100 a year. This will stop idiots buying and using them.

The license cost is far too cheap, not a big enough deterrent. We should be doing all we can to take fireworks out of the hands of the untrained general public

Anything to put people off using them, because they are dangerous and it is ridiculous that members of the public can buy such dangerous things.

Hopefully only responsible people will apply

This adds to the control aspects. A licence fee of at least £50 should not be an issue for professional personnel and organisations using fireworks and should be seen as part of the operational costs. In fact it should emphasise the importance of this type of authority.

A licence fee of at least £50 for use of these fireworks should emphasise the responsibility associated with their use. It should focus the use on to professional organisations, for whicj such a fee would be part of the organisational costs

licence fee for use of ANY fireworks would be better

Cost range is too LOW

There would be more control over who uses fireworks

I think you should have to pay more for a licence and fireworks should be banned around domestic dwellings or near forests and wildlife so as to preserve species and not alarm pets.

The fee is too low. If they have to be used at all, these kind of fireworks should only be used in organised, properly controlled events

It will limit the use/misuse of fireworks, however, I think the fee should be more. Say £100.

I believe that this will substantially reduce the irresponsible use of fireworks.

Would hopefully discourage misuse of fireworks

We seriously need to control the use of fireworks where so few people can effect so many people, wildlife and pets.

We need control to prevent so few effecting so many people, pets and wildlife over far too long a period

To stop fireworks completely.

A complete ban except for displays presented by licensed professionals who can provide evidence of training and insurance.

Members of the public should not be able to buy fireworks at all

I agree with this but feel the fee should be higher eg £100 & training must be mandatory

I think it should be more like £100


They should also need a license too, paying an extra £50 isn’t going to stop it unless they are physically showing proof of I’d and fireworks license

£30 or £50 is nothing when people are spending hundreds on fireworks, I don't think this will make any difference sadly.

Members of the public should not be allowed to purchase explosives (which is what fireworks are)

Charge should be at least £100 preferably much more

I think paying for a licence will discourage members of the public buying fireworks for antisocial purposes.

If you are to make it so you need a license then any organised display will have to charge enough to cover the charge.

It would deter misuse of fireworks, meaning only properly organised and run displays would take place

I think the amount should be higher to act as a deterrent.

Charging a fee for a license is a pointless waste of time and money.

I think perhaps the fee itself should not be the only condition to obtaining the fireworks licence. I also think the fee is low.

All 4 respondents considered the lower limit of £30 as too low and agreed that the higher the fee the better, despite considerations about exclusion by socio-economic circumstances. (RNIB Session 23rd February).

Not charging enough for this to prevent people getting hold of them. Restricted dates and only to be used by licensed companies with proper certificates and training.

Crazy the problem few wouldnt buy these.. It’s dogs and pets that should be controlled with licenses reintroduced

It should be at least £50. If people really want to have their kids watch fireworks they should attend an organised display where professional pyro techs know what they’re doing.

No disagree this is not enough fireworks are dangerous and should only be purchased for organised events not the public

Too low. Higher would help stop idiots buying them.

This is middle of the road - it resolves nothing imo. Members of the public should not have access to explosives full stop

Too low. £100 at least. It’s meant to be a deterrent not e.g. 3 people chipping in a tenner each, that’s no deterrent.

It would restrict purchase, but would make it considerably higher as deterrent.

Should be a higher fee

Fee is too low. Fireworks should not be availab le in supermarkets etc.

Although most shopkeepers would check a licence when fireworks are sold, this does not guarantee the fireworks won't then be passed on to someone else who uses them improperly and unlicensed. Police will not have resources to check everyone on street with fireworks.

The price ahould be much highet if yiubhave to let people buy fireworks at all. They're bad for the environment and cause huge distress to animals and the elderly and frail

Charging a licence fee will only hurt legitimate users. The few irresponsible users will ignore this licence requirement just as they ignore existing controls.

Fee on it's own not enough. And if you're having a party for a few people £30 very cheap, £1 each in a whip round? Not a strong measure without effective licencing.

I believe that the fee should be considerably higher, that you must attend a proper training course at a cost and that the public should not be able to purchase them.

It restricts the purchase of fireworks.

Nonsense. You can buy a safe, legal, tested firework for less than £6. Why do you need a licence costing £60 to set it off safely in your own garden?


There needs to be some deterrent to the volume of fireworks. Our dog is terrified of fireworks. It's not just once a year, there seems to be fireworks for multiple events. Too many to endure. I love fireworks, but I can't enjoy them anymore as I spend their duration trying to comfort a shaking, wide eyed dog.

I think there should be a licence fee if fireworks are to continue but £100 might be more appropriate. Better to ban fireworks altogether, though.

I think the fee should be higher and licence length time limited. It should also be dependent on completing explosive handling courses & should be produced in order to purchase fireworks

This amount is far too low and should not apply to the general public.

Too low should be much more

Proposals do not go far enough. These are explosives that some people misuse, and a lot of people use without considering their impact. Why is there no proposal to limit the decibel rating on those fireworks that would still be allowed for sale? They terrify animals.

An administration fee is fine - but there should be more requirements to obtain a license

I think the need to get a licence is important, so that people have to plan to buy and use fireworks rather than do it impulsively. I also think it should have to be renewed every year, again so that people have to give it some thought and take it more seriously. The cost doesn't need to be so high though, maybe £10-£20.

The cost range is too low. If people are desperate to set ff fireworks then let them pay for the privilege.

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