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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 

July 2021 – Application for a Firearm and/or a Shotgun Certificate.

We are currently working our way through a very large number of applications received during lockdown when we were unable to visit.  Many applicants are phoning or e-mailing the department wanting an update, we respectfully request you to refrain from this at the present time as we need to focus on processing your applications.

April 2021 – Online Applications Only

we are no longer accepting paper applications.


March 2021 – our ‘Do it online’ processes have been greatly extended to include the following:-

  • applying for (or renewing) a Firearm and/or Shotgun certificate
  • applying for a variation to a Firearm Certificate
  • applying for (or renewing) a Dealer Certificate
  • applying for (or renewing) an Explosives Certificate
  • notifying the transfer of a firearm or shotgun
  • notifying or updating a change of circumstance, eg address, phone numbers, gp details etc..

To do any of these actions, please click on the green Do it online link below.

New applicants from 1st November 2020 – medical report requirement

If you are not an existing certificate holder you will need to provide a medical report. You may charged a fee for this. Any applications received without a medical report will be returned as incomplete.

This does not apply to any renewals or to existing certificate holders who are applying for a different licence.


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.


Further firearms licensing advice and information

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


GP PROFORMA[pdf] Covid Guidance [pdf]