Texas State Fireworks Laws


Specifically permitted All fireworks meeting requirements of CPSC and DOT Consumer Fireworks definitions, except for small rockets (less than 4 gms propellant, and casings less than 5/8 of an inch x 3 ½,” and overall length including stick of less than 1.8’’.)
Specifically prohibited See section 2154.00 3(d).
Selling Period June 24-July 4 and December 20-January 1, May 1- May 5 (limited to further than 100 miles from Texas-Mexico border).
Retail sale An annual, non-renewable, retail fireworks permit is required for each retail location, $20 fee. Expires January 31 each year. May be purchased from a licensed manufacturer, distributor or jobber.
Age to purchase and sell 16 years
Special Effects Operator Annual operator’s license fee in an amount not to exceed $100. Applicant must be 21 years of age and take and pass an exam, if required.

Display Permit

Required. Written application to State Fire Marshal at least one day before display date, $50 fee.

Insurance Required, not less than $500,000 general liability insurance.
Pyrotechnic Operator Annual operator’s license fee in an amount not to exceed $100. Applicant must take and pass an exam, if required. Must have assisted in at least five public displays permitted in Texas and be at least 21 years of age.
MANUFACTURE, STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION State regulations relating to manufacturing, storing and transportation.
LICENSING Annual licenses required, including non-residents. Apply to State Fire Marshal, valid one year from date of issue. Retail permittees may purchase fireworks only from a distributor or manufacturer or jobber licensed by the State.
Manufacturer $1000
Distributor $1500
Jobber $1000
Public Display: Single $50
Multiple $400


Texas Dept of Insurance, State Fire Marshal’s
P.O. Box 149221
Austin, TX 78714-9221
Phone: 512-305-7900



TX Code Chpt. 2154; Rules 28 TAC 34.800

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