Fireworks Permit

*** Stands are only allowed June 15th - July 4th and December 15th -  January 1st. ***

Application and Site Inspection

  • After the application is processed by the City Clerk's office, a City Fire Inspector will complete your site inspection (stand and inventory) and provide the license to you.
  • Please direct questions about the acceptability of individual fireworks or the layout of the stand to the Boise City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshall at (208) 570-6500.

Stand Setup and Removal

  • Fourth of July firework stands cannot be erected before June 15th.
  • New Year's Eve firework stands cannot be erected before December 15th.
  • Removal: Stands must be removed by 12:00 noon on July 6th for the July 4th holiday, and by January 3rd for the January 1st holiday.

Firework Sales

  • Non aerial common safe and sane fireworks may be sold at retail and used beginning at midnight June 23 and ending at midnight July 5; and beginning at midnight December 26 and ending at midnight, January 1.

Licensing Prerequisites

  • Cash Bond: This certificate requires that a cash bond in the amount of $135.00 is placed with the Boise City Clerk's office. This will be refunded if the site is cleaned up by the required date.
  • Insurance: Each application for a "safe and sane fireworks permit" shall have filed with the clerk a liability insurance policy of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per occurrence aggregate bodily and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per occurrence aggregate property damage, or personal injury.
  • Lot Diagram - see Code Section 7-31-15
  • Planning & Zoning Inspection
  • Fire Inspection
  • Building Inspection (electrical only) see Code Section 7-31-15

Application: Apply Online

The City of Boise has recently launched a new online licensing system that allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

  1. Login here. If you are a first time user you will need to create an account
  2. After logging in, click "APPLY > LICENSE" in the top menu bar.
    • Review and accept the online disclaimer.
    • Select the Fireworks Permit from the menu and apply.

For questions or additional information on the new system, please visit the Permitting & Licensing FAQ's.


Boise City Code

Within the City of Boise "Fireworks" are defined to include blank cartridges, toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes or toy guns in which explosives are used, fire balloons, balloons of a type which have burning material of any kind attached thereto or which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, Roman candles, fountains, wheels, sparklers, and other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any combustible or explosive substance for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration, explosion or detonations.

Exempted from this part are all toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes and toy guns and similar devices such as party poppers or party favors in which paper caps containing not more than twenty five hundredths (.25) grains of explosive compound per cap are used and such cap whether single, roll, or tape type.

Within the City of Boise "Dangerous Fireworks" include any of the following:

  • Firecrackers, cannon crackers, giant crackers, salutes, silver tube salutes, cherry bombs, mines, ground bombardment, grass-hoppers, ground-blooms and other explosive articles of similar nature;
  • Blank cartridges;
  • Skyrockets and rockets, including all similar devices employing any combustible or explosive material and which rise in the air during discharge; Exception: Ground Spinners, chasers, including all devices which dart or travel about the surface of the ground during discharge shall not exceed 12 inches or vertical movement at any time.
  • Roman candles, including all devices which discharge ball of fire into the air;
  • Chasers and whistles, including all devices which dart or travel about the surface of the ground during discharge;
  • Snakes and hats containing bichloride of mercury.
  • Sparkles more than ten inches (10") in total length or one quarter inch (1/4") in diameter.
  • All articles for pyrotechnic display such as aerial shells, salutes, flash shells, sky battles, parachute shells, mines, Dago Bombs and similar devices; Exception:Parachute shells including all ground to air projectiles that deploy a parachute and do not carry a flame, ember, spark, or any pyrotechnic discharge. Vertical movement of the projectile shall be restricted to twenty feet (20').
  • All torpedoes which explode by means of friction, or which contain arsenic, and all other similar fireworks devices including cracker balls;
  • Fire balloons or balloons of any type which have burning material of any kind attached thereto.

Within the City of Boise "Safe and Sane Fireworks" includes any pyrotechnic device that meets the following requirements:

  • The product shall be "listed" by the Boise City Fire Department.
  • Testing (if required) shall be conducted using the following criteria:
  • The item must not leave the ground or move laterally beyond a ten-foot radius except as stated in Section 7-31-2 C.
  • The pyrotechnic discharge from the item shall not extend beyond a twenty-foot (20') radius both vertically and laterally.
  • The combined movement and pyrotechnic discharge or any device shall not extend beyond a twenty feet (20') radius vertically or laterally.
  • The product shall be "listed" in the Boise Fire Department's approved fireworks pamphlet.