NEW retail sites or sites CHANGING ADDRESS must FIRST submit the New Business or Site Request Form online under My Applications from your online user account.
***Applicants should review local fireworks laws prior to applying for a retail license. The State Fire Marshal will not consult local fireworks regulations when reviewing an application.***
The State of Iowa does not regulate display fireworks. Please check with the local jurisdiction(s) regarding any requirements, restrictions, or prohibitions.
Consumer Fireworks Vendor Training Video Series
Video 1: Introduction to Applicable Codes
Video 2: Understanding the Application Part 1
Video 3: Understanding the Application Part 2
Video 4: Types of Products
Video 5: Permanent Structures
Video 6: Temporary Structures
Video 7: Code Specifics
- Fee Structure
Permanent Building devoting 50% or more floor space to retail sale of fireworks = $1,000 annual license fee
Temporary Structure devoting 50% or more floor space to retail sales of fireworks = $500 annual license fee
Permanent Building or Temporary Structure devoting less than 50% floor space to retail sales of fireworks = $400 annual license fee
Community Group (non-profit) selling fireworks = $400 annual license fee
Retailer or Community Group selling Second Class Only fireworks = $100 annual license fee.
***For new site licensees or sites making changes, a $100 non-refundable administrative fee is due prior to review of site plans. The fee is subtracted from the total license fee.
- Site Plan Samples
Q. Is my site a permanent or temporary structure?
PERMANENT: As applied to buildings or structures: a building or structure affixed to a foundation on a site.
TEMPORARY: As applied to buildings or structures: a building or structure not meeting the definition for permanent structure.
Q. What is a STORE?
A building classified as a mercantile occupancy that contains a variety of merchandise and that is not used primarily for the retail sales of consumer fireworks. The maximum consumer fireworks retail floor area shall be less than 25% of the retail floor area OR 600 square feet, whichever is less. Aerial and audible ground device sales have specific restrictions per NFPA 1124 section 184.108.40.206.
Q. What is a FACILITY?
A building that does not meet the definition of a "store" shall be considered a facility.
Q. What is a STAND?
A small, often open-air structure for a small retail business. May also include a portable building or trailer not affixed to a foundation. (A stand NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC is a small, often open-air structure for a small business where only retail personnel are inside the stand and the public do not physically enter.)
Q. What is a TENT?
A collapsible shelter of fabric (such as nylon or canvas) stretched and sustained by poles and used as a temporary building. Includes temporary retail sales of consumer fireworks in tents, canopies, and membrane structures.
Q. What is STORAGE?
A building or structure in which finished consumer fireworks are received, stored, and shipped. The storage can be either a permanent structure or a temporary "trailer, semitrailer, or metal shipping container".
- Certificate of Liability Insurance Information
- Codes and Standards
The Consumer Fireworks Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services Grant Application period for 2020-2021 is now closed.
The grant application for 2021-2022 will open May 1, 2021. The deadline for grant application submission will be June 30, 2021.