Applying for an explosives storage licence

Explosives storage licence (surface and underground) - application form - 244 Kb

This form or template is required to apply for a explosives storage licence (surface and underground).

When is this licence required?

An explosives storage licence is required to store any quantity of authorised explosives at a specific site (surface or underground).

Where separate entities store explosives at the same site in different storage facilities, a separate licence is required for each facility.  Where a single storage facility is to be used by more than one entity, one of those entities must hold a licence and take responsibility for safety and security for that site.

An explosives storage licence is issued for five years.

When is an explosives storage licence not required?

If the person:

  • holds an explosives manufacturing licence
  • is storing limited quantities of explosives and holds a shotfiring licence
  • is storing limited quantities of fireworks temporarily at a fireworks event display site in association with a valid fireworks event permit
  • is storing limited quantities of explosives and holds a pyrotechnics (special use) licence.
  • hold an explosives transport licence and are storing explosives in transit.

What about unauthorised explosives?

Any person storing an unauthorised explosive must hold a test permit that authorises such storage.

Use of an accredited consultant

To develop the submission, it is recommended that those intending to apply for a licence engage a dangerous goods consultant accredited to prepare and submit security sensitive ammonium nitrate applications. The consultant will normally complete the application form on the applicant’s behalf, but the intended licensee must sign the application.

Applications submitted without accredited consultant endorsement may take up to three months to process and a checking fee applies. Deficient submissions will take longer to process.

Who can apply?

Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.

Individuals must be at least 21 years of age.

Required information

The application must be signed by the intended licensee and lodged with:

  • the supporting documentation, which can be the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
  • the explosives management plan.

For more information on explosive management plans see What is required for explosives licences?

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

Application fee

The licence fee payable is determined by the total quantity of explosives stored at the site. Only the licence fee for the first year of the licence is to be lodged with the application. Licence fees for subsequent years will be billed annually.

A checking fee:

  • does not apply if a consultant endorses the proposal as complying with the regulations
  • applies for applications without accredited consultant endorsement.

The checking fee is equal to the licence fee payable with the application.

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Lodging the application

The completed application form, together with supporting documents and the fee(s) payable to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is to be mailed to:

Resources Safety
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Mineral House 100 Plain Street 
East Perth WA 6004

Or handed in person at:

Resources Safety
Level 2, 1 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004

Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

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.

Reporting an incident

Explosives storage licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.

Other guidance

Explosives management plan - guide - 631 Kb

This guide and its accompanying template will assist industry to prepare an explosives management plan (EMP). Use of the template is not mandatory but will ensure consistency in its application and streamline the review process.

Explosives management plan - template - 43 Kb

This template records details of the individual nominated responsible for the safety and security of explosives for the licence to which this EMP relates.

Explosives storage must be in accordance with the following mandatory codes of practice which are available from Standards Australia.

AS 2187.0 - Explosives - Storage, transport and use - Terminology
AS 2187.1 - Explosives - Storage, transport and use – Storage
AS 2187.2 - Explosives - Storage and use - Use of explosives

The following publications provide guidance on the safe storage of explosives.

Storage of explosives - guidance note - 115 Kb

This guidance note assists in identifying the regulatory requirements for the storage of explosives in Western Australia.

Managing risk from underground storage of explosives (Safety Bulletin 0212) - 114 Kb

Date: 30 April 2012 | Subject: Managing risk from underground storage of explosives

Applicable legislation

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).

Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007 - information sheet - 265 Kb

This information sheet explains the main amendments in effect from 1 January 2014 under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (Explosives Regulations) and Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007.

Contact details

For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Email: cso@dmirs.wa.gov.au