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Explosive Licenses and permits

An explosives license is needed if you or your company manufactures, assembles, sells, warehouses, or stores explosives or blasting agents.  An explosives license is not needed if you store explosives or blasting agents for your personal consumption, but an explosives permit is required in this situation.

Explosives licenses are issued by the State Fire Marshal. In most cases a federal explosives license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) is also needed.

Explosive permits are required for a person to possess or use explosives or blasting agents. Explosive permits are usually issued by the county sheriff. In some larger communities (over 10,000 population) they may be issued by the chief of police. Licenses and permits require a criminal background check. Contact your county sheriff or police department (in larger communities) for a permit application.

Minnesota Explosive Statutes

299F.72​ Definitions​ 299F.79​ Unlawful Possession of Component; Penalty​
299F.73​ License Required​ 299F.80 Unlawful Possession of Explosive: Penalty​
299F.74​ Permit required for possession​ 299F.81 Repealed, 1976 c 124 s 10​
299F.75 Permit Application​ 299F.811 Repealed, 1994 c 636 art 5 s 18​
299F.76​ Affirmation and Identification; Effective Period​ 299F.815 Repealed, 1994 c 636 art 5 s 18​
299F.77​ Issuance to Certain Persons Prohibited​ 299F.82​ Illegal Transfer; Penalty​
299F.78​ Transfer​ 299F.83 Negligent Discharge​
299F.785 Black Powder​ 299F.831​ Handling while Influenced by Alcohol or Drug​

Minnesota Explosive Rules 

All reference to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension should be read as State Fire Marshal Division, and all references to "superintendent" should be read as State Fire Marshal.  An Administrative Rulemaking process is under way to make this change permanent.

7500.01​ Definitions.​ 7500.19 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​
7500.02​ Purpose.​ 7500.20 Report of thefts.​
7500.03​ Scope.​ 7500.21 Jurisdiction of federal bureau of mines​
7500.04 Scope; exemptions.​ 7500.22 General provisions.​
7500.05​ Authority of commissioner.​ 7500.23 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​
7500.055​ Explosives dealer license.​ 7500.235 Duty of consignee to accept shipment​
7500.056​ Explosives user permit.​ 7500.24 Designation of facilities.​
7500.06 Prohibitions against explosives manufacturing​ 7500.25 Blasting agents.​
7500.07 Prohibitions; exceptions.​ 7500.26 Mixing of blasting agents.​
7500.08 Storage of explosives in magazines.​ 7500.27 Storage of blasting agents and supplies​
7500.09 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​ 7500.28 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​
7500.10 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​ 7500.29 Use of blasting agents.​
7500.11 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​ 7500.30 General provisions for water gels.​
7500.12 Use of explosives; precautions.​ 7500.31 Premixed water gels.​
7500.13 Storage at use sites.​ 7500.32 On-site-mixed water gels.​
7500.14 Loading explosives in blast holes.​ 7500.33 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​
7500.15 Initiation of explosives charges.​ 7500.34 Small arms ammunition.​
7500.16 Warning requirement.​ 7500.35 Smokeless propellants.​
7500.17 [repealed, 11 sr 6]​ 7500.36 Small arms ammunition primers.​
7500.18 Sale and disposition of explosives.​

Questions about explosives licenses and user permits may be directed to:

Travis Ahrens, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Minn State Fire Marshal Division
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 145
St Paul, MN  55101-5145
Phone: 507-308-4189