Firearms Licensing

We are now accepting Grant Applications, but due to the COVID-19 situation there is still a significant backlog of applications to process.

Any updates shall be posted on this page once the situation changes.

Please be assured we will be prioritising all renewals.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Firearm & Explosives Licensing Unit


Applying For or Renewing a Certificate

Application forms are available from the link at the bottom of this page, but before you begin to download and complete forms, you must read this important guidance:

  1. Certificate holders are responsible for their own renewals and must allow adequate time to apply for a certificate. You will receive notification that your certificate is about to expire approximately 16 weeks before and we recommend that you begin the renewal process immediately.
  2. Application forms can be downloaded on the link below.

Firearms Licensing Fees

Certificate type Total fee payable
Firearm certificate (Grant) £88
Firearm certificate (Renewal) £62
Shot gun certificate (Grant) £79.50
Shot gun certificate (Renewal) £49

For information regarding other fees please see to Home Office Circular 0072015.

The Firearms Licensing Unit is currently experiencing a high volume of applications and as such delays are inevitable. The Licensing Unit will strive to ensure your renewal is granted prior to the expiry date of your certificate and would request that your renewal paperwork is received at the earliest opportunity.

Download an Application Form

All firearms, shotgun and explosives application forms
Firearm and shotgun security measures

Firearms Licensing Department Contact Details

Email: [email protected]

Post: Firearms Licensing Department, Lancashire Constabulary, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5SB

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