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Do I need a fireworks permit?

To hold a fireworks display for Cracker Night, you must obtain a permit from WorkSafe Tasmania.

Fireworks displays held without a permit are illegal and attract severe monetary fines.

Anyone 18 years or older can apply for a Cracker Night fireworks permit. If a permit is issued, it allows Type 2 fireworks to be used.

Cracker Night falls on 24 May each year. If this date is not a Saturday the following Saturday will apply.

Table Cracker Night application dates

Year

Cracker Night

Last date to submit application

2023

Saturday 27 May 2023

Friday 5 May 2023
2024

Saturday 25 May 2024

Friday 3 May 2024

All other fireworks displays must be conducted:

  • by a pyrotechnician endorsed by WorkSafe Tasmania or another WHS regulator
  • for an ‘approved purpose’ type of fireworks display only.

General responsibilities for the permit holder

By law, fireworks are classed as explosives and therefore must be handled with care and respect to prevent injuries and property damage.

  • As the holder of a fireworks permit you must comply with permit conditions, including the display time, notification requirements and separation distances.
  • It is an offence to use fireworks if you are smoking or under the influence of an intoxicating drug or medication (including alcohol).
  • You are responsible for crowd control and ensuring that spectators do not gain access to fireworks or firing areas.
  • Do not hold the fireworks display in unsafe weather. This includes when winds are greater than 39 km/hour or during a lightning storm.

In the event that you do not hold your fireworks display due to inclement weather you must ensure you store your fireworks securely. Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dark place away from children such as closed wooden box or solid sided plastic container with lid.  They should be kept in their original packaging and away from other dangerous goods e.g. petrol, chemicals.

Please read the guide on using fireworks safely.

Rescheduling of Cracker Night

By law, Cracker Night falls on 24 May each year. If this date is not a Saturday the following Saturday will apply.  If a permit is issued for Cracker Night, it allows Type 2 fireworks to be used.

It will not be rescheduled to another day.

The use of type 2 fireworks on any other day without a permit are illegal and attract severe monetary fines.

COVID/Public Health restrictions

Permit holders must comply with Public Health directions that are in place at the time of the display. Permit holders must check and be up-to-date with the latest requirements and advice.

Guidance for people conducting household social events is available at coronavirus.tas.gov.au (external link).

Permit holders are advised that if Public Health directions change, then this may impact on the issuing of permits or require the cancellation of permits already issued.

Resources

Application for pyrotechnician permit (PDF, 1.0 MB)

Theatrical fireworks permit application (PDF, 902.9 KB)

Using fireworks safely on Cracker Night  (PDF, 311.6 KB)

Updated: 24th June 2022