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Fireworks

We issue:
Permits to sell for retail and wholesale. 
Permits to use for general, limited, special effects and pest control or agriculture related.
Certifications to operators to conduct a display.
We offer two types of permits; retail or wholesale. 

Permit to sell Retail Fireworks.

Requires $100.00 fee and a completed application.​

The permit authorizes the holder to sell fireworks to the general public, store fireworks, and to purchase fireworks from Oregon permitted wholesalers.
  • Permits can be applied for after January 1 of the year the permit is requested.
    • ​We cannot guarantee permits received after April 15 will be approved by the June 24th sale opening. Please submit as early as possible. 
  • Retail sales are allowed from June 24 and end at 11:59 p.m. on July 6 of each year. 
  • Permits are valid from June 24-July 6 of the year the permit is issued unless revoked or suspended.
  • Permits are non-transferable, cannot be leased, sub-leased, contracted, or sub-contracted to any other person. 
The application requires the local fire authority signature approving the storage and sales location. You must also provide proof of identification for all individuals responsible on the permit application to the local fire authority. 

Oregon law allows retail permit holders to sell fireworks that produce only smoke, sparks or fire, and do no explode, eject balls of fire, fly into the air, or travel more than 12 feet horizontally on smooth surfaces. 


Permit to sell Wholesale Fireworks

Requires $3,000 fee and a completed application.

The permit authorizes the purchase, transport, possession, packaging, storing, and sale of retail, display or agricultural fireworks.
  • Permits are due no earlier than October 1 and no later than December 18 (postmarked or received at OSFM).
  • Permits are valid for the year issued, unless revoked or suspended.
Application to sell wholesale fireworks

We offer four types of permits; general display, limited fireworks display, special effects display, pest control or agriculture related. 

Permit to use for General Fireworks Display 

Requires $100.00 fee and a completed application.

This permit authorizes an outdoor display using 1.3g fireworks. These are primarily aerial shells, but may also include 1.4g fireworks or special effects fireworks.  

  • Operators are required to be certified.
  • Must be conducted by an operator with a minimum of one assistant.
  • Requires a completed General Display Fireworks Report within 10 days of the date of the display. 
  • Permits are valid for the date and time of display unless it is revoked or suspended.
  • Applications shall be submitted at least 15 days in advance of the date of display.
Application to display general fireworks

Permit to use for Limited Fireworks Display

Requires $100.00 fee and a completed application.

This permit authorizes an outdoor displaying using 1.4g firework. Fireworks authorized by the permit are subject to limitation by the local fire authority. These are primarily firecrackers, skyrockets, missile rockets, and mortars.  

  • Operators are required to be certified.
  • Must be conducted by an operator with a minimum of one assistant.
  • No requirement to complete a Display Fireworks Report. 
  • Permits are valid for the date and time of display unless it is revoked or suspended.
  • Applications shall be submitted at least 15 days in advance of the date of display.


Permit to use for Special Effects Display

Requires $100.00 fee and a completed application.

This permit authorizes an indoor or outdoor display using special effects firework. Special effects fireworks means any effect created by using flammable, combustible, or explosive composition or substance, or any combination of such compositions or substances, or any articles including fireworks, explosives, or smoke prepare for the purpose of providing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and/or fire.

Primarily designed or discharged in connection with performances, events, gatherings, television, radio, theater, motion picture productions, or similar venues which may or may not be presented before live audiences 

  • Operators are not required to be certified.
  • Must be conducted by an operator with a minimum of one assistant.
  • No requirement to complete a Display Fireworks Report. 
  • Permits are valid for the date and time of display unless it is revoked or suspended.
  • Applications shall be submitted at least 15 days in advance of the date of display.
Application to display special effects fireworks

Permit to use for Pest Control or Agriculture Related

Requires a completed application. There is no fee for this permit.

An Oregon permit and a Federal license are required for use to scare away birds or animals that cause harm or destruction to the following types of properties:
  • Farms 
  • Forests 
  • Waste and recycling facilities 
  • Airports
  • Golf courses 
  • Properties used for the production of commercially valuable fish or seafood
  • Estuaries
  • Properties located outside of an incorporated city.
The Oregon permit is valid until the expiration date unless it is revoked or suspended for a violation. 

Application to use fireworks for pest control or agriculture related

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) regulate individuals purchasing and storing agricultural fireworks. You must have a Federal License to receive an Oregon permit. Contact BATFE at 503-331-7830, or their website (link: https://www.atf.gov/explosives/fireworks)
General Display Operator Certification
Requires a completed application and a written exam with a passing score of 80% or better. There is no fee. The certification is valid three years from the date issued unless it is revoked or suspended. Applicants are certified to operate general fireworks displays.

Applicants must apply for a certification 90 days before the date of certification is needed or from when the current certification expires.  

Within three years prior to applying for a certification, the applicant must: 
  • Be 21 years of age or older. 
    • Complete a training course (recommended) and written examination (both provided by OSFM). 
  • Written exam details
  • Complete an examination application and return by fax, mail or e-mail. 
  • We will send you an e-mail with access to an online system, iLearn, to take the examination. 
  • The exam is 62 questions.
  • It is closed book.
  • Study materials Oregon Revised Statutes 480.110 through 480.165, Oregon Administrative Rules 837-012-0700 through 837-012-0970
  • Complete the exam with 80% of the questions correctly. 
Complete three or more duties:  
  • Installation of Mortars 
  • Loading of Shells 
  • Clean up and Inspection of the display site after the display is ended 
  • Manual Firing of the Display 
  • Installation of Set Pieces 
  • Tending Magazine 
  • Installation of Electrical Firing System 

Limited Display Operator Certification
Requires a completed application. There is no fee for this certification. Applicants are certified to only operate limited display fireworks. 

Applicants must apply for a certification 90 days before the date certification is needed. 

At the time of applying for certification, the applicant must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Certify knowledge of ORS 480.110 through 480.165 and OAR Chapter 837, Division 12. 

Special Effects Operator
Allows only the use of special effects fireworks. There is no certification required.
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​Contact
Regulatory Services Branch
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-934-8274
Fax: 503-373-1825
sfm.lp@state.or.us

Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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