Permit Advisory for Members of the Agricultural Community
the provision of a new law passed by the Congress as part of the Homeland Security
Act (the Safe Explosives Act), new requirements will go into effect beginning
May 24, 2003, regarding the purchase and use of explosives. Specifically:
all purchasers of explosives will be required to obtain a federal permit on or
after May 24, 2003, individuals, including farmers, with a limited need for explosives,
can obtain a limited permit for such explosives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Cities, towns or other political subdivisions
are exempt from the ATF permit requirements.
ATF limited permit will cost $25 the first year and may be renewed for $12 each
additional year. The permit allows the holder to receive explosives up to six
times a year in their state of residence.
who purchase display fireworks, or any other regulated explosive materials, prior
to May 24, 2003, may not lawfully accept delivery of those materials after that
date without a valid license or permit issued by ATF.
may also contact the NELC via e-mail at NLClicenseapplication@atf.gov.
The e-mail should contain "Request for Application Package" in the subject
line. Those who do not have access to the web may request applications by mail
Explosives Licensing Center
2600 Century Parkway NE
questions about the about the Safe Explosives Act, visit the ATF web site at www.atf.gov,
or call the ATF Public Safety Branch at (202) 927-2310.