Licence to store explosives - Queensland


This licence is required to cover the storage, at a place stated in the licence, the explosives stated in the licence and possess the explosives for the purpose of storing them under the licence.

The licence does not cover the import, export, transport, sale or use of explosives.

It is not required in the following circumstances:

  • explosive types and amounts as listed in Schedule 4 of Explosives Regulation 2017
  • Commonwealth explosives, such as Department of Defence
  • explosives stored under a licence to manufacture
  • explosives stored in a government reserve.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • be an adult
  • be an appropriate person under S15 of the Explosives Act 1999
  • be able to read and understand the English language to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.
  • comply with codes of practice and standards called up by the Explosives Act 1999.

This licence may be applied for by a person (person is defined as an individual or corporation (public company, private company, club, association, government agency or partnership).

If an individual is a person having an interest in a corporation and the corporation is the separate legal entity responsible for the intended explosives operations and activities, the individual must apply using the corporate licence application form.

An individual who does not have an interest in a corporation would apply using the individual licence application form.

The required items section of the application form outlines all prerequisite licensing requirements.


This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 5 years from the date of approval.


Refer to Applying for a licence to store explosives in other resources below.

Note: additional security fees will apply for new individual applicants including owners, directors, office bearers or any person having an interest in a corporation.

Application process

You can obtain this licence by submitting the relevant completed application form to the nearest Explosives regional office.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

  • nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation; and
  • if a non-publicly listed company, provide completed security assessment applications and pay the relevant fees for each person having an interest in the company.

The following may also be required before your application is approved:

  • the Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant under S15 (8)(c) of the Explosives Act 1999
  • the applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form
  • an Inspector may require an inspection of the storage site and magazines to verify compliance with legislative requirements
  • the storing activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.

Transfer process

S20 of the Explosives Act 1999 allows the transfer of this licence only with the prior approval of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

Each transfer is assessed and reviewed on a case by case basis by the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

The applicant should contact the Explosives Inspectorate licensing officer to obtain information on how to apply for a transfer.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Explosives Inspectorate

Contact details

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Manager, Explosives Licensing

Explosives Inspectorate

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Operating address: Level 19
275 George Street
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: PO BOX 15216
City East, Queensland 4002
Phone: 07 3199 8023
Website: Explosives Inspectorate contact information (Opens in new window)