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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.

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
£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

Application Forms


Shot Gun certificates (valid for 5 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 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

Application Forms


Explosives certificates (valid for up to 5 years)

Acquire and keep
Free

Acquire only
Free

Application Forms


Dealer registration (valid for 3 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 6 years)
£84.00

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

* 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

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