Licence to use security sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN) for non-explosive purposes - Queensland


You will need this licence to use more than 3kg of sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN) in a non-explosive application. SSAN is mixtures and emulsions containing more than 45 per cent ammonium nitrate and is generally used in:

  • agriculture - common in fertilisers
  • research laboratories
  • bio-manufacturing.

The licence covers the purchase, transport, storage and use of SSAN. For agricultural purposes it allows the storage and transport of up to 5000kg without further justification or the need for a separate transport and storage licence. It also covers the activities for the licence holder on more than one site or location.

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 licence, you must:

  • undergo background security checking and must be an appropriate person
  • be at least 18 years old
  • demonstrate a legitimate need (not a desire) for SSAN (household and domestic use and the fertilisation of recreational facilities are not considered legitimate needs)
  • have provision for safe and secure storage and handling procedures.


One or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $68.95

Per year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $344.75

Per five years. Fees for 2023-24


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Application process


You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed application to an explosives regional office.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

  • nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation
  • provide information of the directors of the corporation (if a non-publicly listed company) or nominate a responsible person for explosives activity related to the company (if a publicly listed company).

The following may be required before your application is approved:

  • the Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant
  • the applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form
  • audits and inspections may be conducted of the storage and the premises from which the use of SSAN will be conducted
  • the use of explosives activity cannot commence until the licence is issued
  • for a licence or permit related to security sensitive explosives, the individual, directors, partners or nominated responsible person must hold a current security clearance.

Transfer process


The transfer of this licence will be allowed 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

Resources Safety and Health Queensland

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