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’.

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 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4.30pm) 

Fax: 01606 362127

Email: hq.firearms.licensing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

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