Fireworks

Every fireworks display, regardless of its location, requires a Pyrotechnician’s Licence or a Fireworks (Single Use) Licence issued by NSW WorkCover under the Explosives Regulation 2005. The Regulation also requires that WorkCover and Council must be notified of an intention to use fireworks, at least seven working days before the display.

While notice must be given to Council of an intention to use fireworks, Council has no power to approve the use of fireworks. However, Council may object to or impose conditions on the use of fireworks.

If you propose to hold a fireworks display on Council land, prior approval is required from Council as the land manager. Standard conditions of approval are:

  1. The display must be subject to a Pyrotechnician’s Licence or a Fireworks (Single Use) Licence issued by NSW WorkCover.
  2. Minimum $20 million public liability insurance is required. A copy of the Certificate of Currency must be supplied to Council prior to the event.
  3. A written risk assessment in accordance with Part 4 of the Fireworks Operation Conditions must be undertaken prior to the event and be made available to Council upon request.

WorkCover can be contacted in Wagga Wagga on (02) 6933 6500 or visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

DLG Circular 08-66 outlining the responsibilities of Councils in the fireworks approval process.