Fresno Fire Department
A permit is required to sell “Safe and Sane” fireworks in the City of Fresno. Applications for non-profit organizations, which meet the requirements of the Fresno Fire Department Standards, can be obtained by an approved fireworks vendor.
On the first Wednesday in March, at 10:00 a.m., a lottery-type drawing will take place to select 30 new non-profit organizations who will receive a two-year permit to sell “Safe and Sane” fireworks in the City of Fresno (provided they meet all of the requirements). For more information, contact your local fireworks vendor.
The sale of “Safe and Sane” fireworks shall commence not earlier than 12:00 p.m. on June 28, and shall terminate at noon on July 6. The hours for sales at each fireworks stand shall be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
It is unlawful for any person to sell “Safe and Sane” fireworks within the City of Fresno without a permit issued by the Fire Chief or designee. If an organization is selling “Safe and Sane” fireworks without a permit, the individual or organization could face a fine of up to four times the standard permit amount, which is two thousand five hundred four dollars ($2,504.00), and face possible criminal charges.
Only purchase and use “Safe and Sane” fireworks. If the item does not have this State of California Fire Marshal (SFM) seal, it is considered illegal.
NEVER PURCHASE ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AND NEVER MISUSE OR ALTER LEGAL FIREWORKS.
Snap Caps and Party Poppers:
Snap Caps and Party Poppers are classified by the SFM as a “pyrotechnic device” in accordance with State fireworks laws and regulations.
Per Title 19 CCR 986.7 and 986.8, respectively, these items may be sold at retail outlets without requirement of a State fireworks retailer license or other retail sales restrictions as long as they are units of a particular manufacturer and design, which has been classified by the SFM. Snap Caps and Party Poppers will have the SFM seal:
It is a violation of State Law and the California Health and Safety Code to sell “Safe and Sane” fireworks to California residence through the internet and on Craigslist. See the State Fire Marshal’s website at:
Use and Discharge of “Safe and Sane” Fireworks:
In late 2010 the Fresno City Council passed an ordinance allowing the use or discharge of “Safe and Sane” fireworks, in the City of Fresno, 365 days a year between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. except for period of June 28th to July 6th when use and discharge will be allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.
If you have additional questions regarding fireworks stand permits click here for Frequently Asked Questions.