Application process starts for year-end fireworks displays


GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of General Affairs is responsible for issuing licenses that are related to fireworks.

Therefore those interested in applying for a Fireworks license for this year’s-end celebrations should do so before November 10th, 2016.

The import, transport, storage, sale and lighting of fireworks are regulated by the Fireworks Ordinance named Vuurwerkbesluit AB2013, GT18.

The ordinance contains regulations on what type of fireworks can be imported and sold to the general public. It also contains the days that these consumer fireworks can be sold and used, which are from December 29th to January 1st.

Fireworks that are not part of the allowed consumer fireworks are considered professional fireworks and are to be imported, transported, stored and lighted by certified pyro technicians.

Permits are needed to carry out these fireworks related activities, which can be obtained at the Fire Department. Those who are interested in importing, transporting, selling or having a fireworks show need to apply at the Fire Department at least six weeks before that particular activity.

Applications have to contain all the information as required by article 9 of the Fireworks Ordinance. For the fireworks import and transport licenses to a storage location on the Dutch side, the applicant would need to apply for a Hindrance permit via VROMI for this storage location. The Fireworks Ordinance contains the fire safety measures that have to be implemented at a fireworks storage location.

The Fire Department has the task of executing the Fireworks Ordinance and providing the fireworks licenses. It screens the applicants’ compliance with the ordinance and the safety precautions.

These safety measures are needed to prevent incidents during transportation, storage and the sales of fireworks. They also ensure that fireworks – which can cause major injuries – are handled by certified professionals so that the display of fireworks remains an enjoyable experience for one and all on Sint Maarten.

The necessary application forms can be obtained at the Fire Department on Jackal Road 5 at Cay Hill.

Firework permit applications need to be addressed to Mr. Clive Richardson, Fire Chief.

The Fireworks Ordinance is available online by searching for “Vuurwerk Besluit Sint Maarten”.

For more information on fireworks related permits contact the Fire Prevention Department at 5431316 or e-mail