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.
Assessing Fitness to Drive - Medical Standards for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers is available from Austroads.
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.
For mutual recognition of a New Zealand licence refer to Applying for Trans-Tasman 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|
|Medical certificate||Assessed against the standards in Assessing Fitness to Drive – Medical Standards for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers||Not more than 6 months|
|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:
The completed and signed application must be lodged with the supporting documentation, which is:
- the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
- dated not more than six months before the day your application is received by the Department.
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.
For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.
Lodging the application
For any enquiries please contact Support Services.
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Notification of changes of details
If you hold an explosives driver licence, and have access to SRS, you can log on to SRS to amend any of your personal details. Any change will flow through to other licences you hold.
Pyrotechnics (special use) licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents involving theatrical fireworks, including unexplained losses or theft.