The primary objectives of the West Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing department are to;
- Protect public safety by preventing foreseeable or avoidable harm
- Deliver an efficient licensing process that is proportionate, rigorous, cost effective, fair and timely
- Provide a fair and transparent service to the public
The department is responsible for issuing just short of 14,000 certificates for firearms, shotguns and explosives to residents within West Yorkshire. We also provide information and advice for police officers and members of the public relating to the lawful ownership of firearms.
The department aims to deal with all applications in accordance with our Service Level Agreement (SLA) as below. Please note that at times of high demand, or impromptu circumstances, this agreement could be revised. If you require your certificate before a specific date, for example when renewing your certificate, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to give us sufficient time to process it by that date.
From 2 May 2017 firearm certificates will no longer be conditioned to allow the purchase of expanding ammunition in respect of rifle ammunition. Restrictions regarding expanding ammunition for pistols remains unchanged. There is no requirement for the previous expanding ammunition condition to be removed from your certificate. This will be removed when your certificate is received for renewal, variation or when Table 1 is full.
Service Level Agreement
Please note that the department are currently reviewing our service level agreement and will update this page once an agreement is in place.
|Grant of a new certificate||TBC|
|Renewal of an existing certificate||TBC|
|Visitors and European Firearms Passes||TBC|
|All other requests||TBC|
Under current circumstances applications are taking approximately 24 weeks
Please note that timescales for applications are dependent on there being no errors in the application (such as missing information, a failure to complete the declaration, or making an application at short notice) and there being no issues or concerns that require us to carry out additional work, such as further medical enquiries, or us speaking to another force or agency.
Cheques should be made payable to “PCC West Yorkshire”
Payments can be made via debit/credit card over the telephone. If you would like to pay in this manner, please leave a note with your application and an officer will be in touch to take the required card details once your application has arrived.
|Firearms Certificate Issue||£88.00|
|Firearms Certificate Renewal||£62.00|
|Firearms Certificate Replacement||£4.00|
|Shotgun Certificate Issue||£79.50|
|Shotgun Certificate Renewal||£49.00|
|Shotgun Certificate Replacement||£4.00|
|Coterminous Certificate Issue||£90.00|
|Coterminious Certificate Renewal||£65.00|
|Variation (not for like)||£20.00|
|Visitor Permit - each||£20.00|
|Visitor Permit - group (6-20)||£100.00|
|Home Office Club Approval||£84.00|
|Registered Firearms Dealer Issue||£200.00|
|Registered Firearms Dealer - register in new area for trade show||£13.00|
|Firearms Museum Licence||£200.00|
The following statutory forms must be printed and physically signed. Once complete, please post them to the address below.
When submitting an application to vary a firearm certificate, please ensure you send us your actual certificate (not a copy) with the application form. If submitting a variation for a firearm certificate as a target shooter, in the Reason box found in section 13 of the form, please state the discipline(s) for which the firearm is requested (such as prone, single shot precision, gallery, practical shotgun, etc.) as this will save us from coming back to you for this information. One for one variations are free of charge (providing the application is received within 7 days of sale) however if you would like to add any additional authorities this will cost £20 per application.
Have you purchased or sold a firearm? Have you moved house? Click here for our online notification forms.
Click here to read security advice from BASC and the National Crime Agency.
In an emergency always dial 999!Firearms Licensing Department West Yorkshire Police PO Box 9 Wakefield WF1 3QP
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01924 292310, 292312, 292330
Fax: 01924 292236
Telephone hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1000 - 1500 hours
Find us on Twitter - @WYP_FirearmsLic
The attached document is a letter from the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Andy Marsh who is the national policing lead for Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group. It is addressed to all firearms certificate holders. Please click here to view the letter.
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