Notification obligation according to § 14 Explosives Act

Important notes


  • Appointment of responsible persons according to the scope of the company and the type of activity
  • Proof of specialist knowledge
  • if necessary, permission to handle explosive substances and pyrotechnic objects
  • proof of needs, if applicable

Documents required

  • in the notification of the commencement or opening of a business, branch or dependent branch: information on the persons entrusted with the management
  • Proof of specialist knowledge
  • if necessary, proof of permission to handle explosive substances and pyrotechnic objects
  • proof of needs, if applicable

Please note

The intended sale of pyrotechnic articles of categories F1 and F2 must be reported to the competent authority at least 14 days before the start of the activity. If pyrotechnic items are sold every year, a one-time notification is sufficient.

A new notification is required if there have been changes compared to the initial notification (e.g. change of address, changes to the responsible persons) or the sale is discontinued.

A sufficient number of responsible persons must be appointed for each sales facility to act as supervisors for sales and / or storage. These persons are to be appointed by internal organization.

Category F1 pyrotechnic items can be sold all year round. Category F2 pyrotechnic items may only be sold between December 29 and December 31. If one of these days is a Sunday, sales can start on December 28th. If there is a Sunday shopping during this time, sales are permitted on this day as well.

If someone wants to buy and set off category F2 fireworks outside of the above times, they need a special permit from the responsible district office.

The burning of pyrotechnic objects is only allowed in Hamburg from December 31, 6 p.m. to January 1 of the year, 1 a.m.

In the vicinity of buildings or systems that are particularly sensitive to fire, fireworks may only be burned at a sufficient distance and taking the wind direction into account (for rockets at least 200 m and otherwise at least 50 m).

Burning pyrotechnic objects in the immediate vicinity of churches, hospitals, kindergartens and old people's homes as well as thatched and half-timbered houses is prohibited.


The notification must be made two weeks before the start of the activity.

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

Up to two weeks.


There are no fees.

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 14 Law on Explosive Substances (Sprengstoffgesetz - SprengG)

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