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Firearms licensing

To own or use a firearm, you must have a firearms licence granted by the police in the area in which you live. We risk assess everyone who applies for the private possession of firearms in the county. We also assess any premises where weapons or ammunition is stored, manufactured or used.

How to apply

A new online digital platform for firearms licensing was launched in November 2017.

With 20,000 licence holders in Lincolnshire each needing renewal every five years it is important to ensure this is carried out in a timely and efficient way. This new IT based system is now online and will reduce the waiting time for renewal of licences.

It is the first system of its kind to be introduced in England and Wales and has other benefits including:

  • Easier management of licence holders records
  • Improved interaction with policing systems
  • Reduced risk in administering firearms licences
  • A more convenient way for you to manage your records.

To access Firearms Licensing Online, the minimum system requirements are as follows:

Operating System

  • Mac 10.9 or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher

Internet Browser

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox 50 or newer
  • Google Chrome 53 or newer
  • Apple Safari 10 or newer

If you would like to submit for renewal of a licence, a new grant application, a change of address, a variation on an existing certificate or to notify us of a transfer of a gun, please use Firearms Licensing Online.

Apply on Firearms Licensing Online

For general information on Firearms Licensing, such as prices, please go to Firearms Licensing Online.

Paper applications

We continue to receive a small number of paper applications that been downloaded from a variety of internet sites.  Unfortunately a number of issues have been identified with some of these forms being either an obsolete forms or incorrectly completed. This causes significant delays in processing your application. If you wish to obtain and submit a paper application for a Grant/Renewal of a certificate, you must contact the Lincolnshire Police Firearms Licensing Department where we can assist you with your application.

Visiting us at HQ

We can accommodate certificate holders and applicants at Lincolnshire Police HQ to aid your applications or answer your queries.

We strictly only accept visitors who have a pre-booked appointment with us.

You can book a visit either by contacting the department between the hours of 13:00-16:00 (Monday to Friday) on 01522 558533 or email us on fal@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Unannounced arrivals requesting to speak to a member of Firearms Licensing may result in a significantly long wait.

Other transactions

For all other transactions, please see forms listed below:

Land authority

You should complete a Nominated Land/Club Form with applications for firearm certificates or for extra land upon which you have authority to shoot.

Explosives certificates

All explosives certificates are issued in accordance with the Explosives Regulations (ER) 2014.

The two main types of explosive certificate are:

Acquire Only (EXA)

This allows you to acquire a defined amount of explosives (e.g. 1 kilogram) from an approved supplier and use it on that day. Any unused explosive must either be returned to the supplier or destroyed in an approved manner.

Acquire & Keep (EXK)

This allows you to store explosives at a location for the duration of the certificate. The maximum amount of explosives that may be stored will depend on the nature of the explosives and the construction of the store. A Registered Competent Authority document (RCA) allowing you to transport the explosives is issued as part of the explosive certificate.

If you are applying for the grant of a certificate you should use one of the following forms:

Form ER 2

This form should be used for applications to store between 15kg and 2000kg of explosives.

In certain circumstances, depending on the hazard type and the amount of explosives to be kept, it may be necessary for the store to be either registered or licensed.

If you know this to be a case, please download the form below. If you are not sure, please contact the unit for advice. A fee is normally charged for registered or licensed stores.

If you wish to store more than 2000kg of explosives, you should make your application to the Health and Safety Executive.

Form ER 4

This form should be used by:

  • a) Clubs, Societies or any body corporate; or
  • b) The explosives are not used in firearms or shotguns;
  • c) Individuals who are not covered by the criteria for a ER 4A

Form ER 4A

This form should be used by individuals for:

  • a) their own use in their Firearms or Shotguns; or
  • b) the possession of blackpowder/gunpowder at re-enactment events.

Form ER 4B

If you are renewing an explosives certificate, either Acquire Only (EXA) or an Acquire & Keep (EXK) and AT THE SAME TIME renewing a firearm or shotgun certificate or renewing a registered firearms dealership you may use a ER 4B.

This form CANNOT be used to change explosive certificate type from an EXA to and EXK (or vice versa).

Visitors permit

Complete Form 107 to apply for a visitor's permit (for firearms or shotguns). The form should be completed by a person who is resident in Great Britain on behalf of the visitor(s).

Registered firearms dealers

Complete Form 116 for the grant or renewal of registration as a firearms dealer.

If you hold an existing dealers registration in the county and wish to apply for additional place of business, complete Form 116A.

Clubs

Following the successful pilot project for online shooting clubs, all applications for approval (new or renewal) should be submitted directly to the Home Office via the web portal from Monday 11 June. This applies to all clubs in England and Wales. Applications will only be accepted by the Home Office, and should no longer be sent directly to the police.

Once your application has been submitted, the Home Office we will review it to determine if it is valid and, if so, pass it to the police force, who will then make necessary enquiries before sending the application back to the Home Office for consideration. If you do not provide sufficient information and supporting evidence your application is likely to be rejected as invalid and will need to be resubmitted.

Before applying you must ensure that you fulfil the criteria as set out in the Home Office Clubs’ Criteria leaflet. The cost is £84 and the certificates are valid for 6 years. You should apply to renew your approval at least 3 months before it’s due to expire.

Apply on the Home Office website.

Section 11(6) Exemption Permit – Clay Pigeon Shoots

To organise a Clay Pigeon Shoot you must apply for a Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968 Exemption Permit.

Applications should be made using the Application for an Exemption under Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968 form.

A Firearms Enquiry Officer will visit the organiser to assess the suitability of the venue. There is no fee for a Section 11(6).

Medical records checks

We have changed the way we respond to the medical declaration you make on a Firearm or Shotgun Licensing application.

You still complete the form as normal, ensuring you have made the correct declaration and indicate whether you have ever been diagnosed with a relevant medical condition (Home Office Guidance on Firearms Licensing Law April 2016 Para 12.26 – 12.28)

We will continue to follow the latest Home Guidance and write to your GP to inform them that you are applying to be a certificate holder.

We will not issue any certificates until your GP has responded to us and confirmed the medical declaration that you as the applicant have made. This process comes into immediate effect for any new grant applications and from 1 August 2018 for renewals.

Read more about medical records checks

Important: Dishonest medical declarations

Please ensure that you are truthful regarding your medical declaration. We are currently refusing applications from people who have made dishonest declarations regarding their health. In many of these instances the condition identified would not of been a reason for refusal.  

A dishonest declaration is a criminal offence and will result in your application being refused whereas the existence of a condition may not necessarily result in a refusal.

Particular attention should be paid to the question on your application form “Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for any of the relevant medical conditions?”

Fees

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to 'PCC for Lincolnshire'.

Explosives certificates

For the majority of explosives certificates there is no fee for either an EXK or an EXA.

However, if explosives are to be stored above a certain quantity or for a certain amount of time then a fee is sometimes chargeable.

The fee due can vary considerably being dependant on hazard type, the length of storage and the amount stored (normally above 15kg). Please contact the unit if you believe you may have to pay a fee.

Dealer registration (valid for 3 years)

  • Initial registration of a person as a firearms dealer £200
  • Triennial re-registration as a firearms dealer £200
  • Game Fair, etc if main place of business is in another Constabulary / Police Force area £13

Visitors permits

  • Application for a Visitors Permit (1 to 5 people) £20 each person
  • Application for a group Visitors Permit (6 to 20 people) £100 for the group
Prohibited weapons
Young people and firearms

More help and support

Contact the Firearms Licensing Department

Firearms Licensing Department
PO Box 999
Lincoln
LN5 7PH
01522 558533 (Lines open between 1pm and 4pm)

Email: FAL@lincs.pnn.police.uk

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