Firearms and Explosives

Application forms for the renewal of shotgun or firearms licences will no longer be sent out in the post. Forms are available to download in the sections below to be completed. Please do not attend headquarters without a prior appointment with a member of the Firearms Licensing Team. Contact details for the team are available on this page.

Firearm certificates are granted by chief officers of police if they are satisfied that applicants have a good reason for having in their possession, purchasing or acquiring, a firearm or ammunition. You will need to complete several forms to register a firearm or shotgun with Cheshire Constabulary.

Before you begin the process, we suggest you read the Firearms Licensing Information Booklet

There is additional information regarding firearms licensing available on the Government website.

To apply for the grant or renewal of a firearms certificate, you should complete the following forms (please note that you should only complete the GP letter if you are making a relevant medical declaration)

In the case of a firearm renewal application you should contact your firearms enquiry officer to arrange an appointment for a home visit. The contact numbers are available on your renewal letter that you should have recived in the post.

If you do not wish to renew your firearm or shotgun certificate, you need to complete the following:

If you buy, sell or transfer a shotgun or firearm, please complete the form below:

To apply for the grant or renewal of a shotgun certificate, you should complete the following forms (please note that you should only complete the GP letter if you are making a relevant medical declaration)

You should return your completed application along with photographs and payment to Cheshire Constabulary FLD, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2UA.

If you do not wish to renew shotgun certificate you need to complete the following:

If you buy, sell or transfer a shotgun or firearm, please complete the form below:

A variation is compulsory if you wish to change a firearm, even if you wish to purchase an identical one to the one that you are disposing of. Applications for one-for-one variations, including both same and different calibre weapons should be made by a certificate holder. Such applications are free of charge and may require further enquires if there is a change in the calibre or use of the firearm.

Although the form states that a copy of the certificate is sufficient but in order for the variation to be completed the original certificate will need to be returned before the new certificate is sent out.

A variation is always necessary if a certificate holder wishes to acquire additional firearms to those that are already possessed. Applications should be made by the certificate holder submitting the certificate together with the completed form 201v and £20.00 fee.

Further enquires are not always necessary but if the variation is to acquire a firearm for a different purpose or is a different calibre then it may be necessary to re-examine the ‘good reason’. The forms below will allow you to update your ‘good reason’.

Limited Extension of Certificate, Section 28B of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended

This provision came into force on 17 April 2018, as a result of Section 131 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, and extends an expiring certificate by no more than 8 weeks.  

This extension is conditional on the renewal application being made no less than 8 weeks before expiry, and does not alter the terms of the original certificate, with the purchase of ammunition and the transfer of guns still being permitted. 

In Cheshire, we do not anticipate having to use this extension in cases other than when there are additional enquiries that will take us past the expiry date.  As soon as we identify any such issue, an extension letter will be granted, and our advice is that certificate holders retain the letter with their expiring certificate as proof of the extension.

For applications that are made less than 8 weeks before expiry, the limited extension will not apply, and if the renewal process cannot be completed before the expiry date, the holder will have to make alternative arrangements for their guns, as has been the practice for some time.

When an application that has been extended is granted, the renewal date will remain unchanged, and the new certificate will be dated from the previous expiry date, with any additional time under this provision not counting towards the new certificate.

Therefore, if a holder has an expired certificate, but it is within the 8 week period after expiry, and they produce a letter confirming the limited extension, their certificate can be regarded as valid in all respects.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2017/3/contents/enacted

Fees

Firearm Grant

£88

Firearm Renewal

£62

Shotgun Grant

£79.50

Shotgun Renewal

£49

Co Term Grant

£90

Co Term Renewal

£65

Registered Firearms Dealer Grant/renewal

£200

Visitors Permit (Individual)

£20

Visitors Permit (group)

£100

Game fairs

£13

Replacement certificate (all)

£4

Variation

£20

Further Information

For more information, please download the Firearms Licensing Information Booklet or contact us on the following:

Telephone: 01606 362084 (from 8.30am to 10am and 2pm to 4.30pm) 

Fax: 01606 362127

Email: FLU@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Address:
Cheshire Constabulary
Firearms Licensing Department
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA