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.
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A detailed summary of your experience to demonstrate your competency in the safe handling of pyrotechnic devices.
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.
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.
|Item||Document details||Date before lodgement|
|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:
Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.
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:
- all support documents
- the fee, payable at lodgement
- this can be paid by credit card
- application to be lodged online
For any enquiries please contact Support Services.
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
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.
Pyrotechnics (special use) licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents involving theatrical fireworks, including unexplained losses or theft.