Firearms & Explosives Licensing



The Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department is located at Whitehouse Industrial Park, Peterlee, County Durham.
The department's main function is to administer the Firearms Acts 1968-1997 as amended, and the Explosives Regulations 2014. This means that the department is concerned with public safety in relation to the private ownership of firearms, shotguns and explosives.
Contact Details:
Firearms & Explosives Licensing
Unit 1,
Whitehouse Ind. Park,
Traynor Way,
Note: This e-mail address should not be used for any message that might require an emergency response.
Telephone numbers:
Direct dial numbers are 0191 375 2240 or 0191 375 2542
Firearms Licensing Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am to 4pm
Application for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate
Please read the guidance notes on Form 201 before completing your application form, these can be found on pages 12-15 on the below 201 application form.
Please complete Durham Constabulary Other Residents form although this is not mandatory,  this will ensure your application is processed with the utmost efficiency

 ​Downloadable Application Forms

-Firearms and Shotgun Grant - Renewal  Form 201.pdfFirearms and Shotgun Grant - Renewal Form 201.pdf 

-Firearms Variation Application (Form 201V).pdfFirearms Variation Application (Form 201V).pdf

- Other Residents Form

- Ownership of Weapon Transfer

All cheques or Postal orders should be made payable to: Durham Constabulary or Durham Police

If you need any advice in relation to completing your application please do not hesitate to contact us on: 0191 3752240 or alternatively email:

Return all completed forms to the above address 



Limited Extension of Certificate, Section 28B of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended
This provision came into force on 17 April 2018, as a result of Section 131 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, and extends an expiring certificate by no more than 8 weeks  
This extension is conditional on the renewal application being made no less than 8 weeks before expiry, and does not alter the terms of the original certificate, with the purchase of ammunition and the transfer of guns still being permitted. 
In Durham, we do not anticipate having to use this extension in cases other than when there are additional enquiries that will take us past the expiry date.  As soon as we identify any such issue, an extension letter will be granted, and our advice is that certificate holders retain the letter with their expiring certificate as proof of the extension.
For applications that are made less than 8 weeks before expiry, the limited extension will not apply, and if the renewal process cannot be completed before the expiry date, the holder will have to make alternative arrangements for their guns, as has been the practice for some time.
When an application that has been extended is granted, the renewal date will remain unchanged, and the new certificate will be dated from the previous expiry date, with any additional time under this provision not counting towards the new certificate.
Therefore, if a holder has an expired certificate, but it is within the 8 week period after expiry, and they produce a letter confirming the limited extension, their certificate can be regarded as valid in all respects.


Related Links

Home Office Guidance on Firearm Security.