Applications for a fireworks display or special effects permit must be made before the event and a permit is valid only for a single display.

Permits can be issued for events such as birthday parties, weddings, New Year celebrations or special events.

Fireworks display or special effects

To conduct a fireworks display, the proposed operator must hold a 'Northern Territory shotfirers licence' endorsed with the class 'to conduct firework display' or 'special effects'.

The license ensures that the person conducting the display and special effects has sufficient experience and / or training.

NT WorkSafe requires a ‘notice of display’ to be advertised in the local paper prior to the event, and in some locations, written notification in the form of a letter box drop be given to the residents of the surrounding area.

The fireworks included in any display must be tailored to the available space. There are safety distances that need to be adhered to when conducting a fireworks display.

A list of upcoming fireworks displays can be found on the scheduled fireworks display page.

For information on the storage, handling and use of fireworks visit the safety and prevention fireworks page.

Related Forms and Resources

Celebrate Territory Day the Safe Way
Instructions for Territory Day fireworks assessors – Sound level testing
Requirements to conduct an approved fireworks display or special effects
Safe use of shopgoods fireworks
Shopgoods fireworks - Retail sale for Territory Day
Application for a Fireworks Display or Special Effects Permit
Application to become a fireworks assessor

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