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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, 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.

Please see our Service Delivery Targets page for full details of timescales for the processing of all applications.

Important Information about Renewal Process

Any renewal application made between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 is subject to a Postal Renewal Process for shotgun and firearms certificate holders. Under this process certificates expiring are not issued with a Temporary Permit. Provided a renewal application has been received and certain criteria are met, a full certificate is issued and delivered via post. In these instances certificate holders should still expect a visit or a telephone call once the certificate has been issued.

For any renewal application received from April 1, 2018, provided the renewal paperwork and payment is received one month prior to expiry, the renewal will be processed and the certificate issued subject to certain criteria being met. In all instances the applicant will be subject to a home visit by the local Firearms Enquiry Officer. The renewed certificate will be handed over at this visit, provided no issues are identified.

If paperwork and payment are not received at least one-month prior to expiry, it cannot be guaranteed that the renewal will be processed in time and as a result you will be required to lodge your guns until your certificate is renewed.

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.

Our fees

We can accept payments by cheque to be made payable to ‘Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex’


Firearms certificates (valid for 5 years)

Grant of firearm certificate
£88.00

Renewal of firearm certificate
£62.00

Variation of a firearm certificate so as to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates
£20.00

Replacement of a firearm certificate which has been lost or destroyed
£4.00

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

Application Forms


Shot Gun certificates (valid for five years)

Grant of shot gun certificate
£79.50

Renewal of shot gun certificate
£49.00

Replacement of a shot gun certificate which has been lost or destroyed
£4.00

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

Co-terminous certificate.s 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

Application Forms


Explosives certificates (valid for up to five years)

Acquire and keep
Free

Acquire only
Free

Application Forms


Dealer registration (valid for three years)

Initial registration of a person as a firearms dealer
£200.00

Triennial re-registration as a firearms dealer
£200.00

Game fair etc., if principal place of business is in another police force area
£13.00


* Club approvals

Home Office club approval (valid for six years)
£84.00 (Please do not send any fee to Essex Police. Await an invoice from the Home Office).


Visitors permits

Application for a single visitors permit
£20.00

Group application for a visitors permit (5 to 20 people)
£100.00

Application Forms


European Firearms Pass

Free

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
    750
    Vermin and ground game

    1200
    Target

    .22 WMR (.22RF MAG will be listed as .22 WMR) 750
    Fox, vermin and ground game
    1200
    Target
    22 HORNET
    .222
    .223 REM
    250
    Ground game, fox and vermin
    1200
    Target
    .243 WIN
    .270 WIN
    .303
    7.62/.308
    250
    Deer and fox
    1200
    Target
    Solid slug (Practical shot gun only) 300  

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