Overview (from 1 March 2018)
To hold a fireworks display, you must obtain a permit from WorkSafe Tasmania.
Any person over the age of 18 can apply for a Type 2 ‘Commonwealth Day’ (Cracker Night) fireworks permit.
Cracker Night falls on 24 May each year, providing this is a Saturday. Otherwise it is the following Saturday.
|Year||Cracker Night||Last date for applications|
Saturday 26 May 2018
Friday 4 May 2018
Saturday 25 May 2019
Friday 3 May 2019
All other fireworks displays must be conducted by a suitably endorsed pyrotechnician, for an ‘approved purpose’ type of fireworks display.
Note: Fireworks displays conducted without a permit are illegal and attract severe monetary fines.
How to apply for a fireworks permit
Detailed instructions are on the application form, which you should read carefully. Completed applications are lodged at Service Tasmania with payment of a non-refundable fee.
Applications must be submitted at least 21 days prior to the proposed display date.
Requirements: Fireworks display locations
Not every location is suited for a fireworks display, and most urban properties will be unable to meet the minimum ‘safe firing distances’ required. You can use thelist.tas.gov.au to obtain accurate distances.
‘Safe firing distances’ for Type 2 ‘Cracker Night’ Fireworks Permit
Application for a permit will be refused if not met
Aerial fireworks trajectory:
‘Protected works’ outside the immediate venue for the display:
Tent, marquee or similar shelter
Designated spectator area:
Unless approval from the ‘owner’ or ‘responsible authority’ has been obtained:
Some locations may be unsuitable for a fireworks display because a display could cause significant risks to the surrounding environment.
Before making an application, you should be aware of your 'display site' surroundings and communicate with neighbouring property owners to identify any specific risks. You can use thelist.tas.gov.au to obtain accurate distances.
Any decisions made by the Secretary, including the issuing of a fireworks display permit can be appealed to the Magistrate’s Court (Administrative Appeals Division).
‘Sensitive areas’ for Type 2 ‘Cracker Night’ Fireworks Permit
Application for a permit could be refused if not met
Suburbs with concentration of private horse ownership and previous community complaints:
Significant risk to livestock:
Significant risk to native animals:
Permit holders must comply with the conditions listed on their permit. This includes strictly complying with the display time and date, and any ‘special conditions’ that might be included.
Type 2 ‘Cracker Night’ Fireworks Permit – Schedule 7 ‘standard conditions’
Supervision and control
Permit holder must be onsite throughout the display
Notifications and publicity
Permit holder must ensure that the following persons are given at least 7 clear days' notice of the display:
Notices may be given individually or by ‘public notice’ in a daily newspaper published and circulating generally in the region in which the display is to be held.
Timing and duration
A fireworks display must not:
A display must not commence or, if it has commenced, proceed:
Fire fighting equipment
Fire fighting equipment must be available for the duration of the fireworks display to protect against the fire-risk at the display site.
As a minimum requirement, the following fire fighting equipment must be provided:
Before being taken on site, fireworks must be securely held away from any ignition source or from other dangerous substances with which they could explosively interreact.
Once any fireworks have been taken on site, they must be kept in closed containers, at least 25 metres away from the firing area, until they need to be positioned and made ready for firing and cannot be left unattended at any time.
All fireworks must be checked for damage or defects before the display and any found to be damaged or defective (or suspected of being so) must be put aside and not used.
Fireworks that do not have the manufacturer's instructions printed on their casing must not be fired.
Misfires must be destroyed, or safely removed from the site in an approved portable magazine, preferably by soaking with water for at least 10 hours and then burying, but under no circumstances may misfires be burned.
Immediately after the display, all necessary follow-up measures must be taken:
Safe firing distances – aerial fireworks
Fireworks consisting of or including aerial fireworks must be so placed and fired that their trajectory is at least 10 metres distant from any:
Safe firing distances – protected works
Fireworks must not be fired within 200 metres of any place where other explosives or flammable or combustible materials are stored.
Fireworks must not be fired within 50 metres of any:
Fireworks must not be fired within 500 metres of protected works of the following kind without the approval of the owner of, or an authority responsible for, those protected works:
Permit holder is responsible for crowd control and ensuring that spectators do not gain access to any fireworks or firing areas.
Aerial fireworks or shells must not be fired so as to cross over or burst over any designated spectator or parking area.
Any area set apart for the landing of aerial fireworks or associated debris (or any area in which such fireworks or debris may reasonably be expected to land) must be free of flammable or combustible material and at least 100 metres from any designated spectator area.
Fireworks must not be fired within 10 metres of any designated spectator area.
Minimum fire fighting equipment required for a fireworks display
Important note: Minimum fire fighting requirements should match the fire-risk.
Type 2 - Fireworks Displays: ‘Shop-goods’ fireworks
- A shovel and/or rake; plus
- A water supply; or a minimum of 2 x 8 litre buckets of water
Type 3 – Fireworks Displays: ‘Professional/large event’ fireworks
- At least 1 x 9 litre ‘air water’ fire-extinguisher; plus
- A water supply; or a minimum of 1 x 20 litre container of water at each firing point
Theatrical Displays: Fireworks designed for ‘close proximity’ and indoor use
- At least 1 x 9 litre ‘air water’ fire-extinguisher or 1 x 4.5kg ‘Dry Chemical Powder’ fire-extinguisher