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Firearms and Explosive Licensing Department (FELD)

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.


New applicants from 1 November 2020

If you are not an existing certificate holder and are applying for a shotgun/firearm/explosives/RFD licence then you will need to provide a report completed by your GP. Your GP may charge you a fee for this. Any applications received without a GP report will be returned as incomplete.

You can either upload your GP report (see proforma below), with your online application or send it via email to firearms licensing.

This does not apply to any renewals or to existing certificate holders who are applying for a different licence.

Covid-19 Update 10/08/20

North Yorkshire Police have resumed visits for firearms licensing matters, with our officers equipped with PPE and adhering to social distance guidelines. We are also able to use video calling in circumstances where a visit is not possible.

We still have the majority of our office staff working from home and therefore our ability to answer phone calls has been affected. With that in mind I would ask you to continue to direct your questions via email (firearmslicensing).

Please note that we are NOT answering queries as to whether shooting is permitted and in what circumstances. We simply do not have the time to answer every individual query when the Government advice changes. It is your responsibility as a certificate holder to ensure you read the Government advice and comply with the current measures. 

Shooting organisations such as BASC offer advice on their websites – these are open to all and thus free of charge.

If you are enquiring about the progress of a grant application, please could I ask that you wait eight weeks following your FEO visit before contacting the department.

T/Insp Andrew Palmer, Firearms Licensing


Please note:- 

payment of fees – we are currently receiving a lot of incorrect cheques.  If you are applying for or renewing a firearm and shotgun certificate at the same time (coterminous) then you are charged a reduced fee.  Please check the table on the following page for the correct amount.  Returning over payment and requesting replacement cheques is a resource intensive process and drastically slows down your application.

-there has been a couple of recent changes to the rules regarding the registration of deactivated weapons and the security of weapons held by certificate holders who are under 18 years old. Please click on this link for more information – BASC information
– we are receiving a lot of unsuitable referees, make sure you DO NOT nominate a relative, a police officer or a member of police staff.  We need to speak to your referees to confirm suitability, if we are unable to contact them we will not be able to proceed with your application.
-feedback would suggest it is best to upload the photograph first and then continue with the online application form.
– we have recently received a number of applications from people living outside of North Yorkshire.  If you are close to a border or uncertain as to which Police Force to apply to,  as a general rule, check who you pay your Council Tax to, if you are still unsure then telephone for advice.
– if you are intending to use your rifles at a club, then you must be able to produce evidence of being a full club member.


Important Information on security

Always keep your guns locked away when not in use.

Don’t hang cabinet keys up where they can be found.

Don’t divulge the whereabouts of your cabinet keys to unauthorised people… This includes your family!

Keep your guns locked up and keep your keys hidden. 

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:

Our team is currently made up of Administration Officers and Firearm Enquiry Officers (FEO).  A number of our FEOs are also trained as Explosives Liaison Officers (ELO).

Administration Officers

We process all paperwork received into the Department.

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

We constantly monitor incidents and undertake 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 submission of application forms and attention to the necessary information required, releases the valuable resources necessary to keep the Department up to date.

Firearms Enquiry Officers (FEO)

Firearms Enquiry Officers are responsible for dealing with a range of enquiries relating to the grant, variation and renewal of firearms, shotgun and explosives certificates.

Working primarily with members of the public, they are required to interview applicants to assess suitability and conduct inspection of applicants’ security arrangements for the safe storage of firearms, ammunition, shotguns and explosives. To provide specialist advice to members of the public, police officers, and other members of support staff on matters relating to firearms licensing and explosives licensing.

Explosive Liaison Officers (ELO)

Explosive Liaison Officers from the Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the following legislation and are appointed as Inspectors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for this purpose.

North Yorkshire Police HQ, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1BF ( for satnav use DL6 1AA)

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


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

Guidance on Wildlife Licenses

Home Office Security Manual 2019

Health & Safety Executive – Explosives Information

British Deer Society

Clay Pigeon Shooting Association

BASC – codes of practice

National Gamekeepers Organisation‎

Countryside Alliance




Online application form

Alternatively, complete a printable application form, and send to: Firearm & Explosives Licensing, North Yorkshire Police HQ, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1BF.

Printable application form[pdf] GP PROFORMA[pdf]