Fireworks displays

On 9 June 2016, the Government announced that a new framework for the use of fireworks will be introduced. This new framework will balance the need to protect animals, the environment and amenities, while enabling people to still enjoy the fun of Cracker Night.

Under the new framework, members of the public will continue to be able to access Type 2 fireworks for Cracker night. However, the purchase and use of Type 2 fireworks will be limited to licensed pyrotechnicians on any other day of the year. The current fee structure to apply for a fireworks display permit will not change.

Details on the new framework are currently being finalised and it is anticipated that the amendments will commence in 2018.


To hold a fireworks display, you must get a permit from WorkSafe Tasmania.

  • Unless you are a pyrotechnician, you can only apply for a Type 2 fireworks permit.
  • Your proposed display must meet an "approved purpose" and minimum safety standards (explained in each application form).
  • A person who is not happy by a decision made by the Secretary, including the issuing of a fireworks display permit, may apply to the Magistrate's Court (Administrative Appeals Division) for a review of that decision. See the Magistrate's Court website for information about this review process

Submit your application form at a Service Tasmania Shop at least 21 days before your proposed display date.

Important Information For ‘TYPE 2’ Firework permit applicants

Your application is likely to be refused if safety and administrative requirements of the Explosives legislation cannot be met. Including the following:

  • unable to meet minimum ‘separation distances’
  • significant fire risk, particularly during summer season
  • significant risk to native animals in a sanctuary or conservation area (within 5 km)
  • risk to livestock in semi-rural areas with a concentration of private horse ownership, such as: Orielton, Acton Park, Sandford, Devon Hills, Dodges Ferry and Carlton
  • close proximity to animal kennels (within 1 km)
  • multiple applications for same date and location
  • proposed event is not an ‘approved purpose’
  • landowner consent has not been obtained
  • previous non-compliance with permit conditions
  • objections from Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Police or relevant Local Council
  • application not lodged at least 21 days before the date of the proposed display
  • falsified and/or incomplete information

The fee is non-refundable for refused applications.

Before making an application, you should be aware of your display site surroundings and communicate with neighbouring property owners to identify any specific risks.

If you are unsure of whether your application might be refused, you can contact WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322 prior to making application. However it must be lodged at least 21 days before the intended display date.

Fireworks Issued Permits

25/1/20189.15 pm - 9.45 pm Tamar River/Home PointLauncestonType 3
26/1/20189.30 pm -  10.00 pm27 West EsplanadeSmithtonType 3
27/1/20189.15 pm - 9.45 pmSt Helens Regatta, 34 Tasman HighwaySt HelensType 3

Fireworks forms

Type 2 Fireworks Permit PDF, 1.0 MB

For a person to make application for a fireworks display permit to hold a Type 2 fireworks display

ID: GF015 | Fee: $76.50 | Form & fee valid to: 30/06/2018

Type 3 Fireworks Permit PDF, 727.4 KB

For a person to make application for a fireworks display permit to hold a Type 3 fireworks display (use of Type 3 fireworks is restricted to pyrotechnicians)

ID: GF016 | Fee: $153.00 | Form & fee valid to: 30/06/2018

Theatrical Fireworks Permit PDF, 497.5 KB

For a person to make application for a fireworks display permit to hold a Theatrical Fire Works display (use of theatrical fireworks is restricted to pyrotechnicians)

ID: GF135 | Fee: $76.50 | Form & fee valid to: 30/06/2018

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