Fireworks Display Permit - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to conduct a fireworks display. This permit is required for both outdoor and indoor displays. Displays may include fireworks in association with:

  • Public events;
  • Theatrical fireworks; or
  • Displays of Chinese crackers.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must hold a Display Operator Licence or another authority to use fireworks that has been issued under a corresponding law. You will also be required to provide:

  • Personal information about yourself;
  • The time and date of the display;
  • Documentation describing the safety management system that will be in place for the display;
  • Personal information about the person or organisation sponsoring the display;
  • Details of insurance arrangements;
  • The location of the display, its potential impact on the community and surrounding areas;
  • Details of any approval, if required, to use unleased national or territory land;
  • Neighbouring resident, public and police, fire and emergency services notification arrangements;
  • Information on the kind, size and quantity of fireworks to be used;
  • Details of any special effects or procedures relating to fireworks or pyrotechnic substances in the display; and
  • Site storage, security and public control arrangements.

If you don't hold a Display Operator Licence or authority from a corresponding law relating to the use of fireworks you will be required to provide more information. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



As specified on the permit.



Less than 1000 explosives.


More than 1000 explosives.


Non display operator permit.

Other resources



You will be required to submit specific details of the event, for example organisation or persons involved, insurance details. Please see the application form or consult the Contact Officer for more details.

Approval time

Your application must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the planned display.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT


02 62073000


02 62050336


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