Detailed guide: Apply for or manage a section 5, shooting club or museum licence

Detailed guide: Apply for or manage a section 5, shooting club or museum licence


Information on how to get firearms licensing, manage weapons for a shooting club or get a museum licence.
<p><em>Updated:</em> The technical problem with online applications has been resolved.</p><div class="govspeak"><h2 id="prohibited-weapons-and-ammunition-section-5-authority">Prohibited weapons and ammunition (section 5) authority</h2>

<p>You need a section 5 authority to handle prohibited weapons, component parts and prohibited ammunition. This includes applications:</p>

<ul>
<li>to keep or use heritage pistols under section 7(3) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988</li>
<li>for private maritime security companies</li>
</ul>

<h3 id="when-you-apply-you-will-need-the-following-to-complete-your-application">When you apply, you will need the following to complete your application:</h3>

<ul>
<li>the authority holder and business’s name</li>
<li>the Companies House number if relevant (<a href="https://www.gov.uk/get-information-about-a-company">find your Companies House number</a>)</li>
<li>details of how the prohibited items will be obtained and used</li>
<li>a covering letter that gives:
<ul>
<li>the reasons you need to possess weapons and/or ammunition sought, and any other relevant information.</li>
<li>a full explanation of why you need the Secretary of State’s authority. (New applicants should also enclose a business plan that sets out the background, mission and objectives of the business and evidence of prospective trade)</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>additional supporting documents justifying a business need for an s5 authority, for example:
<ul>
<li>current or future contracts</li>
<li>invoices from the last 6 months</li>
<li>letters of sponsorship from the past 6 months</li>
<li>a valid import licence (if applicable)</li>
<li>details of third part storage (if applicable)</li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>

<p>(These documents will need to cover every item/amount being requested in the authority.)</p>

<ul>
<li>addresses of the business premises where the prohibited items will be stored</li>
<li>the types and quantities of prohibited items you want the authority to cover</li>
<li>the personal details of one or two named authority holders (home address, date and place of birth and nationality)</li>
<li>contact details (including email of main contact if different from the authority holder)</li>
</ul>

<p>For more information, view <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/firearms-law-guidance-to-the-police-2012">chapter 3 of the guide on Firearms Licensing Law</a>.</p>

<ul>
<li><a rel="external" href="https://www.firearms-licensing.homeoffice.gov.uk/s5/activity">Apply for, renew or amend a section 5 authority if you’re in England or Wales</a></li>
<li><a rel="external" href="http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/finance/service-fees-and-charges/firearms/">Apply for, renew or amend a section 5 authority if you’re in Scotland</a></li>
</ul>

<h2 id="shooting-club-approval">Shooting club approval</h2>

<p>Applications from shooting clubs require <span id="attachment_2599661" class="attachment-inline">
<a href="/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/659731/Form_124_-_Home_Office_Club.pdf">Form 124</a>
(<span class="type"><abbr title="Portable Document Format">PDF</abbr></span>, <span class="file-size">31.4KB</span>, <span class="page-length">2 pages</span>)
</span>
to be completed by the club and submitted to the local police. The police will then make enquiries on behalf of the Home Office prior to sending the application to us for consideration.</p>

<p>Before applying you must meet the criteria for approval. Renewals cost £84 and are valid for 6 years. You should apply to renew your approval at least 3 months before it’s due to expire</p>

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<p>Shooting clubs in the Metropolitan, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire police force areas <em>only</em> will be able to <a rel="external" href="https://www.firearms-licensing.homeoffice.gov.uk/shooting-clubs/activity">apply online</a> as part of our trial scheme for online applications.</p>
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<h3 id="what-happens-next">What happens next</h3>

<p>We will review your application and contact you if we need more information. We will also carry out certain checks, including inspecting any storage arrangements.</p>

<p>Shooting clubs in Scotland should apply in writing to:</p>

<div class="address"><div class="adr org fn"><p>

Safer Communities Directorate
<br>Police Powers Unit
<br>St Andrew’s House
<br>Edinburgh
<br>EH1 3DG
<br>
</p></div></div>

<h2 id="museum-licence">Museum licence</h2>

<p>Museums can apply for a museum licence if they wish to display or store any type of weapon or ammunition for exhibition purposes.</p>

<p>Museums in England and Wales should apply online:</p>

<ul>
<li>for a new museum licence</li>
<li>to renew an existing licence</li>
<li>to amend an existing licence, such as adding new storage locations</li>
</ul>

<p>Licences cost up to £200 and are valid for 5 years.</p>

<p>Under a museum licence you can only exhibit or store prohibited weapons and ammunition. If you want to transfer the prohibited items (for example, to loan to another museum) or dispose of them, you’ll need a section 5 authority.</p>

<h3 id="who-can-apply">Who can apply</h3>

<p>You can only apply for a museum licence if you’re:</p>

<ul>
<li>maintained by Parliament or local government</li>
<li>accredited by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) or Arts Council England and Wales</li>
</ul>

<p>You can’t apply for this licence if you’re a non-accredited, privately funded or private collection. Instead you should <a href="https://www.gov.uk/shotgun-and-firearm-certificates">apply for a firearm or shotgun certificate</a>.</p>

<h3 id="what-happens-next-1">What happens next</h3>

<p>We will review your application and contact you if we need more information. We will also carry out certain checks, including inspecting any storage arrangements.</p>

<p>For more information, view chapter 17 of the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518193/Guidance_on_Firearms_Licensing_Law_April_2016_v20.pdf">guide on Firearms Licensing Law</a>.</p>

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<p><a rel="external" href="https://www.firearms-licensing.homeoffice.gov.uk/museums/activity">Apply for or renew a museum firearms licence</a>.</p>
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