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Firearms Application

The Essex Police Firearms, Shot Guns and Explosives Licensing (FSEL) Section manages all aspects of the licensing of firearms and explosives.

The team, based at Headquarters in Chelmsford, is responsible for:

  • making enquiries into applications for firearms, shot guns and explosives

  • issuing certificates and permits within the Essex Police area

  • managing registered firearms dealers

  • managing Home Office approved gun clubs

On the next few pages you’ll find an explanation of the application forms for certificates, a list of fees, advice on firearm safety and answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Essex Police follows Home Office Firearms Law guidance in the administration of firearms.

Our fees

Firearms certificates (valid for 5 years)

Firearms licensing applications received on or after 6th April 2015 will incur the new fee.

If an application and related payment has been received on or before 5th April, we will honour the fee that has been paid.

Applications to renew firearm and shot gun certificates should continue to be made within the usual timescales.

Applicants should not apply 'extra early' in order to avoid paying the new certificate fees. In these cases we may return applications and request that the new fee is paid.

Cheques to be made payable to ‘Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex’

Grant of firearm certificate
Current fee: £50.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £88.00

Renewal of firearm certificate
Current fee: £40.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £62.00

Variation of a firearm certificate so as to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates
Current fee: £26.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £20.00

Replacement of a firearm certificate which has been lost or destroyed
Current fee: £9.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £4.00

Shot Gun certificates (valid for 5 years)

Grant of shot gun certificate
Current fee: £50.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £79.50

Renewal of shot gun certificate
Current fee: £40.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £49.00

Replacement of a shot gun certificate which has been lost or destroyed
Current fee: £8.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £4.00

Renewal of a shot gun certificate which expires at the same time as a firearms certificate (co-terminous)
Current fee: £10.00

With effect from Monday, 6 April the following fees will apply:

Co-terminous certificates Grant of both shotgun and firearm certificates
£90

Co-terminous certificates Grant of a shotgun certificate /renewal of firearm certificate
£90

Co-terminous certificates Renewal of a shotgun certificate /grant of a firearm certificate
£90

Co-terminous certificates Renewal of both shotgun and firearm certificates
£65

Explosives certificates (valid for up to 5 years)

Acquire and keep
Free

Acquire only
Free

Dealer registration (valid for 3 years)

Initial registration of a person as a firearms dealer
Current fee: £150.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £200.00

Triennial re-registration as a firearms dealer
Current fee: £150.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £200.00

Game fair etc., if principal place of business is in another police force area
Current fee: £12.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £13.00

Club approvals

Home Office club approval (valid for 6 years)
£84.00

Firearms certificate for a Home Office approved club (valid for 5 years)
Free

Visitors permits

Application for a single visitors permit
Current fee: £12.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £20.00

Group application for a visitors permit (5 to 20 people)
Current fee: £60.00
New fee from Monday, 6 April, 2015: £100.00

 

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