Firearms and Explosive Licensing Unit

Welcome to the web page for the Greater Manchester Police Firearms Licensing Unit.

Application Forms

Form 201:

For Firearms & Shotgun Grant or Renewal Applications

Follow the Instructions on form 201 & return together with 4 passport photographs and a cheque made payable to "PCC for Greater Manchester": (£50 Grant / £40 Renewal) to:

Greater Manchester Police,
Firearms Licensing Unit,
Openshaw Complex,
Lawton Street,
M11 2NS.

Any applications made for the variation of Firearms must be on Form 202, photos and referees are not required, however a payment of £26 made payable to "PCC for Greater Manchester" is payable. 

Coterminous Grant & Renewal Fee's

When applying for a Coterminous Grant the fee payable is £60, when applying for a Coterminous Renewal the fee payable is £50, please make cheques payable to "PCC for Greater Manchester".

When completing applications for the Grant or Renewal of Firearms or Shotguns please refer to the Guidance notes on Form 201A

Other forms

When you send your application to the Firearms Licensing Unit please ensure you put the correct value of stamps on. If the letter is underpaid it may not be delivered by the Post Office promptly and we will be charged excess postage.

About the Unit

Our unit is responsible for the granting and renewal of shotgun and firearm certificates. We also provide information on many other aspects relating to the topic of shooting, to allow you to enjoy your chosen sport safely and legally.

We deal in the licensing of explosives and have two Explosives Liaison Officers within the unit who can assist with any queries you have in relation to this subject.

Firstly, we must emphasise that our policy is based on ensuring that public safety is not jeopardised. Our work, including the necessary vetting of each and every applicant, inevitably takes time. Certificates authorising the legal ownership of firearms cannot be issued without proper and thorough investigation of an applicant's background. These steps are essential to ensuring that firearms and explosives should not fall into the wrong hands.

Every effort will be made to process each application with the utmost efficiency and in the shortest possible time. To avoid unnecessary delay, applicants can assist us by ensuring that all submitted details are correct.

We also offer simple advice and information - using plain English - on various topics relating to shotguns, firearms and explosives.

Should you require any help or advice, the unit can be contacted during office hours on:

Telephone: 0161 856 0820
Fax: 0161 856 0822

Please note that forms on this page other than application forms 201, 201a, 202, Explosive forms ER4, ER4A, ER4B & applications for Registrations for Storage of Explosives ER2 are non - statutory, however, process times will be greatly enhanced when using non-statutory forms as part of an application. E.g. “Authority to Shoot Over Land”.


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