Apply for a firearms licence

Date published: 17 December 2020 11:47

Our aim is to provide a professional and accountable service in the management of Firearms Licensing and Explosive Licensing for the residents of South Yorkshire.

Our priority is to support the legal, safe and secure possession of firearms. We consider all Firearm licensing applications with fairness and process them with respect and efficiency.

We function to administer two acts:

We have direct links with operational police officers and intelligence data which have come from reports and arrests, not just convictions.

Our team constantly monitors incidents and undertakes the necessary vetting of each applicants history and medical status. These procedures can take some time, but are essential to ensure that the legal ownership of a firearm, shotgun or explosive is not granted to the wrong person.

We may refuse a certificate to an applicant if they or occupants at the same address have a history of violence, irresponsible or criminal behaviour.

A large proportion of our time is spent pursuing renewal applications for certificates that are due to expire.  The prompt submission of application forms and attention to the necessary information required, releases the valuable resources necessary to keep the department up to date.


Please ensure that we receive your renewal application no more than four months in advance but not less than eight weeks before the expiry date. Renewals that are being submitted on time are being completed on time. You will also be granted an 8 week extension to your certificate once you have successfully completed the application.

An appointment will be made for a Firearms Enquiry Officer to visit you at home to complete a suitability interview.

When the FEO visits you at home, there will be certain checks they need to conduct. Firstly, they will want to inspect your safe storage facilities. The following methods of security are acceptable:

  • Home Office approved gun cabinet
  • Secure gun room

The officer will inspect firearms held at an address. This is to confirm that details of firearms held match those on the National Firearms Licensing Management System and conform to the relevant legislation.

Secondly, the FEO will conduct an interview with the applicant to determine their suitability to hold a certificate. This is likely to include some very personal questions about family relationships, previous contact with the police, medical conditions and other relevant lifestyle factors. Please do not be offended by the questions the FEO will ask, as these are a normal part of fulfilling the Home Office suitability criteria and asked of every applicant.

The answers given to questions during the interview and on the application form must be true, to the best of the applicants knowledge, as failure to disclose relevant factors is a criminal offence under the Firearms Act.

After the visit, the FEO will submit a report to the Firearms Licensing Management team who will make the final decision on whether to grant a certificate. The Warrants and Firearms Manager and Assistant Manager make most decisions, however in some cases it is necessary to refer a decision to a Superintendent or Chief Superintendent.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dishonest Medical Declarations.

This is an appeal from Firearms Licensing for all applicants to ensure that they are being truthful regarding their medical declaration. We are currently having to  refuse people who have made dishonest declarations regarding their health. In many of these instances the condition identified would not have been a reason for refusal.

A dishonest declaration is a criminal offence and will result in the refusal whereas the existence of a condition may not necessarily result in a refusal.

Particular attention should be paid to the question on your application form “Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for any of the relevant medical conditions…”

Relevant Documentation:

To download applications for the following:

  • GP Verification Report request template
  • Explosive certificates
  • Registered Firearm Dealership
  • Land Nomination Forms
  • Notification of Gun Transfer

This site is not monitored 24 hours a day – in an emergency please dial 999 or non emergency please dial 101.

Useful links:

Home Office – Guide on Firearm Licensing Law (Apr 2016)

Firearms Security Handbook 2019

Health & Safety Executive – Explosives Information

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Contact Details

Warrants and Firearms Licensing
South Yorkshire Police HQ
Carbrook House
5 Carbrook Hall Road
S9 2EH

Tel: 01142 964186

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Firearms Licensing

Cabrook House, 5 Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield, S9 2EH

Telephone: 0114 296 4186


Opening hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm