Pyrotechnicians must notify us of their intention to conduct a fireworks, pyrotechnic or special effects display.
The supervising pyrotechnician must:
- complete and submit a separate notification form for each display
- give notification at least 5 clear business days prior to the date of the display.
Before submitting a notification you must have:
- evidence of consent from the person who owns or has care, control or management of the land being used for the display
- a list of the fireworks including size, quantity and minimum clearance distances.
In some circumstances you may require additional documentation, including:
- a Schedule 9 permit under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005
- if the display is during the fire danger season - permits are issued by the Country Fire Service
- if using string crackers, evidence that the display is for a cultural or religious ceremony or celebration
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval
- a Public Notice published in a newspaper circulating within the area
- the notice must be published not less than 7 and no more than 14 calendar days before the display
- if using aerial fireworks or fireworks that are designed to produce a loud noise, it may be better to letterbox drop a notice to neighbouring properties.
These provisions are covered under Regulation 13(1) of the Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations 2016.
In line with current COVID-19 restrictions SafeWork SA, the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA) and the SA Police do not support the use of aerial firework displays at community events.
Ground displays will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require approval through the application of a COVID-Safe Plan and/or COVID Management Plan.
SafeWork SA requires the details of any approved display to be placed in local newspapers; except when it is agreed by each department that such promotion could cause the uncontrolled gathering of crowds.