Organisers of firework displays across Bolsover District where the public will attend are being urged to register with us to ensure their event meets all the necessary safety requirements.
We have developed a voluntary Bonfire and Firework Display Registration Scheme to promote firework and bonfire event safety and help organisers provide a safer environment for the public.
By registering for the scheme, we will provide an independent check on whether the event meets the guidance, that proper insurance is in place and events will also receive free publicity through our communication channels.
Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said: “Bonfire and Firework events are a fantastic tradition which we want to support, but we also need to make sure events are run safely.
“And whilst they can be a fantastic spectacle and enjoyable, there are real risks to the public if events are not managed safely. This voluntary registration scheme will help draw attention to the guidance and the safety responsibilities organisers have to the safety of those in attendance.”
In addition, promoting responsible use of fireworks alongside this scheme will help draw attention to the distress which misuse and inconsiderate use of fireworks can have on vulnerable people and pets.
Businesses have a responsibility to ensure their events are safe. If there are injuries to attendees and they have not planned events safely they can face criminal charges under Health and Safety legislation.
Also, people who misuse fireworks, could face fines or possible court action. The police have powers to issue fines of up to £100 to those who flout the rules and are involved in anti-social behaviour. Fireworks cannot be let off between 11pm and 7am except on:
- Bonfire Night (5 November), when the cut off is midnight;
- New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.
Fireworks bought at other times, must be purchased from specially licensed shops controlled by a County Council licence.
The scheme will also provide guidance for households on being a considerate neighbour in the use of fireworks in residential areas.
Cllr Fritchley added, “Bonfire night may seem a long way off, but the earlier you register with us, the better as we can provide as much information and guidance as possible to make sure your event goes off safely for all concerned.”
Event organisers must complete a form at least six-weeks prior to their event so a robust check can be undertaken. More information about bonfires and fireworks can be found on our fireworks pages.