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Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department

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


Firearms and Explosives Licensing have completed their move into the new Police Headquarters and their new postal address is:-

Firearms & Explosives Licensing Dept, North Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1BF.

If you are intending to visit the headquarter, the best satnav postcode is DL6 1AA.

As you can imagine, the last nine months have been extremely busy.  Not only are we in our peak renewal period for firearms and shotgun certificates, but we have had the challenges of the physical relocation in to the new building.  On top of this, all paper records and archived files  have  been scanned on to a computer based filing system.  Lots of preparation and procedural changes were undertaken to make the transition as smooth as possible.  We are now into our fifth week of working in our new environment and hope you have found a seamless switch in the services  we provide.  Timescales may have slipped slightly in some areas and we thank our certificate holders and applicants for any patience that may be required over the next few of months.

We work to The Code of Ethics which is a nationally adopted set of behaviours that combine police regulations and police staff standards of behaviour.

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 amount of our time is spent chasing renewal applications for certificates that are due to expire and returning incomplete application forms.  The prompt return of application forms and attention to the necessary information required, releases the valuable resources necessary to keep the Department up to date.

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


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

Home Office Security Manual 2005

Health & Safety Executive – Explosives Information

The British Association for Shooting & Conservation – Codes of Practice

British Deer Society

Countryside Alliance

Clay Pigeon Shooting Association

National Gamekeepers Organisation‎