Fireworks; notification of the burning of pyrotechnic articles

If you have an explosives permit or a certificate of competence, you must report fireworks with pyrotechnic objects.


Permit holders who hold a permit in accordance with § 7 or § 27 of the German Explosives Act (SprengG) are obliged to notify the trade supervisory office in good time of the intended fireworks display.

Pyrotechnic objects are divided into different categories. The obligation to notify refers to the burning of pyrotechnic objects of the categories F2 (2 January to 30 December) and F3, F4, P1, P2, T1 and T2 (all year round).

The notification must contain the contact details of the person responsible for setting off the fireworks as well as the issuing authority, the date of issue and the number of the licence.

In addition, the notification must include the following information about the intended fireworks display:

  • Type of fireworks
  • Place where the fireworks are to be set off
  • Extent of the fireworks
  • Beginning and end of the fireworks
  • Safety measures
  • Site plan with indication of protective distances


The person making the notification must either be the holder of a permit under explosives law in accordance with § 7 or § 27 of the Explosives Act or, as the holder of a certificate of competence in accordance with § 20 of the Explosives Act, act at least on behalf of the holder of a permit under explosives law in accordance with § 7 of the Explosives Act (so-called person responsible for setting off the fireworks).


The notification with the required documents must be submitted to the trade supervisory office responsible for the place where the fireworks are to be set off.

The intended burning of fireworks only has to be notified, a permit is not issued by the trade supervisory office.

Special notes

If you do not have a permit under the Explosives Act, you need a permit from the local municipality if you wish to set off fireworks of category F2 in the period from 2 January to 30 December. Further information can be found under "Related topics" - "Fireworks; applying for a permit".


The notification must be received by the trade supervisory office at least 2 weeks before the burning date. If the fireworks are to be burned in the immediate vicinity of railway facilities or airports, the notification period is 4 weeks.

Exceptions to the notification period are possible under certain circumstances. For this purpose, you have the possibility to apply for an exception from the notification period (shortening of the period) at the trade supervisory office. This application must contain a comprehensible justification and be received by the office as early as possible so that the office has sufficient time to process the application.

Required documents

Online procedures


  • The use of the online procedure for the preparation of notifications is free of charge.

    In the event of a shortened deadline: EUR 150.00 plus expenses in the standard case (deviations from this are possible in the event of increased expenditure).


An action can only be brought if a reduction in time is granted. In this case, an action can be brought against the decision within one month.

Status: 30.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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