Explosive Licenses and permits
Explosives licenses — issued by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal — are required 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. Licenses are issued on an annual basis.
Explosive permits — issued by the county sheriff or local chief of police depending upon where the explosives are stored or used — are required if you or your company use or store explosives or blasting agents for any purposes. Contact your county sheriff or police department for a permit application. Use permits are issued as needed. Storage permits may be issued for up to one year.
Licenses and permits require a criminal background check. In most cases a federal explosives license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) is also needed.
Minnesota Explosive Statutes
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.
Questions about explosives licenses and user permits may be directed to:
Travis Ahrens, Deputy State Fire Marshal
Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division
445 Minnesota St., Suite 145
St. Paul, MN 55101