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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.

Latest News – Key Updates

It would be helpful to the department if applications could be completed online wherever possible. If you are completing a paper document please avoid, wherever possible, hand delivering it to a police station.

Covid-19 Update 2021

In light of the new National lock-down announced by the Government, North Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing will only be conducting essential home visits. We will still accept new Grant applications however applicants are reminded that from the 1st of November a GP report is also required. Please be advised that we anticipate delays and I would kindly ask you not to call the department to chase the application, rest assured we will contact you if there is a problem.

North Yorkshire Police currently endorse the guidance issued by BASC in respect of what shooting activity is permitted during lock down. This can be found here – https://basc.org.uk/coronavirus/ and selecting the option for England.

If you are an RFD please see the document at the bottom of this page which has been produced by the Gun Trade Association.

Your ongoing support during this difficult time is very much appreciated.

New applicants from 1st 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.


Please note we are no longer accepting cash as a method of payment.

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. 


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] RFD Covid Guidance Nov 2020[pdf]