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.
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.
FLOODS – if your property has been flooded and/or you have been evacuated, please contact your local Firearm Enquiry Officer for advice on the safe storage of your weapons and ammunition.
There has been a couple of recent changes to the rules regarding the registration of de-activated 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
You can now apply for or renew a firearm and/or shotgun certificate online or by printing off a form, completing and posting.
(click on links below to go to the online application or to ‘print and post’ your application)
– 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 applying for a Firearm Certificate and are intending to use your rifles at a club, then you must be able to produce evidence of being a full club member.
The Firearms and Explosive Licensing Department works 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:
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).
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.
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.[pdf]