Licence to sell explosives - Queensland


A licence to sell explosives is required for you to:

  • buy and sell certain explosives
  • store certain amounts of the explosives at a designated location.

It is not required in the following circumstances:

  • for Commonwealth explosives such as Department of Defence
  • for the following explosives:


  • an explosive sold by the chief inspector under section 125 Explosives Regulation 2017
  • collectors ammunition sold by a prescribed ammunition collector.
  1. an unrestricted firework
  2. an explosive designed to activate an air bag, seat belt, fire extinguisher or parachute
  3. a distress signal
  4. a power device cartridge
  5. small arms ammunition sold by a person who is a licensed firearms dealer under the Weapons Act 1990
  6. an explosive sold by a person (a "service provider") authorised to use the explosive if the service povider uses the explosive in the course of providing a service to another person; and
  7. the person to whom explosive is sold does not possess the explosive at any time:
    1. a blasting explosive used by the holder of a shotfirer licence in providing a blasting service to another person.
    2. a firework used by the holder of a fireworks operator licence for a fireworks display.

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 able to read and understand the English language to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector
  • be authorised to store explosives at the place of sale

The local council may have related requirements which must be met.


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 sell 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.

Additional Information


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Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Explosives Inspectorate

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Manager, Explosives Licensing

Mailing address: PO BOX 15216
City East, Queensland 4002
Mailing address: Level 4
1 William Street
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
Phone: 07 3199 8023
Website: Explosives Inspectorate contacts (Opens in new window)