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Firearms Application

Changes to service delivery targets due to high volume of work. See our Service Delivery Targets page for full details. (page updated November 2017).

Following the 2016 implementation of a Postal Renewal Process for shotgun and firearms certificate holders, Essex Police continue to maintain robust processes to ensure that all renewal cases are assessed based upon information and intelligence held within police systems, from medical information and also from referee testimony. Postal Renewals are only permitted in cases where a full risk assessment indicates no identifiable risk. Otherwise a personal visit from our Firearms Enquiry Officer will be required.

Further to this and in order to improve both efficiency and the service we provide, certificates expiring on or after 1/1/2017 will no longer be issued with a Temporary Permit. Instead, by using a similar assessment process to that for Postal Renewals, and provided a renewal application has been received and certain criteria are met, a full certificate is issued. Certificate holders should, however, still expect either a visit or a telephone call once the certificate has been issued.

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, 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)

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

Grant of firearm certificate

Renewal of firearm certificate

Variation of a firearm certificate so as to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates

Replacement of a firearm certificate which has been lost or destroyed

Application Forms

Shot Gun certificates (valid for 5 years)

Grant of shot gun certificate

Renewal of shot gun certificate

Replacement of a shot gun certificate which has been lost or destroyed

Co-terminous certificates Grant of both shotgun and firearm certificates

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

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

Co-terminous certificates Renewal of both shotgun and firearm certificates

Application Forms

Explosives certificates (valid for up to 5 years)

Acquire and keep

Acquire only

Application Forms

Dealer registration (valid for 3 years)

Initial registration of a person as a firearms dealer

Triennial re-registration as a firearms dealer

Game fair etc., if principal place of business is in another police force area

* Club approvals

Home Office club approval (valid for 6 years)

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

* Please do not send any fee to Essex Police. Await an invoice from the Home Office.

Visitors permits

Application for a single visitors permit

Group application for a visitors permit (5 to 20 people)

Application Forms

European Firearms Pass


Application Forms

  • Information for firearm certificate holders

    The publication of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 has resulted in changes in the way that expanding ammunition is recorded on Firearms Certificates issued from May 2, 2017 as follows:

    • There will no longer be an expanding ammunition condition on any Firearm Certificate.
    • You will now only have one authority for each calibre of ammunition, up to the maximum in the guidelines below.
    • If you have existing authorities for solid and expanding ammunition of the same calibre, you will receive a temporary permit. This permit will be valid for one year to allow for the reduction of any holding you may have in excess of the revised limit detailed on the Firearm Certificate.

    There is no longer any requirement to have authorities to acquire or possess expanding bullet heads or missiles.

    Home Office guidelines for amunition authorities
    .22 RF
    .17 HMR
    Vermin and ground game


    .22 WMR (.22RF MAG will be listed as .22 WMR) 750
    Fox, vermin and ground game
    22 HORNET
    .223 REM
    Ground game, fox and vermin
    .243 WIN
    .270 WIN
    Deer and fox
    Solid slug (Practical shot gun only) 300  

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