Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our customers and our employees.  While the OPS Explosives Program remains open for business, we encourage you to utilize our online, email and telephone services as much as possible to minimize social contact.  

Understanding that your contractors, consultants and third party inspectors may not have been available to provide you with timely service, OPS provided regulated owners and operators with extensions to any compliance-related deadline that occurred in March or April of 2020.  Beginning in May 2020, OPS will consider case-by-case extensions to compliance deadlines if necessary due to the COVID-19 situation.  Please contact your OPS program representative if you need to discuss deadlines and extensions.

As many of our staff will be working remotely over the next few weeks, there may be slight delays to our normal response times.  If you are experiencing a delay in response time, please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience.

The Explosives Program ensures the safety of workers and the public and protects property by regulating individuals and businesses that use, manufacture, possess, sell, store, transport, and dispose of explosives or blasting agents.

Users of explosives include, but are not limited to, companies engaged in research and development, highway and building construction and demolition, oil and gas exploration and avalanche control.

Individuals who apply for Type I explosives permits are required to:

  • Be at least 21 years of age,
  • Have at least one year of experience working with explosives,
  • Pass a background check, and
  • Pass an exam with a minimum score of 90%. Exams are designed to encompass the regulations for the classification of work the applicant will be performing (construction, quarry, R &, D, etc.).

All owners, partners or managers who will have access to explosive materials are responsible for their organization\'s compliance with explosives laws and regulations must also hold a valid Type I permit.

Corporations, companies, partnerships, firms, individuals operating a business, associations or state or local government agencies involved in the use, purchase, sale, manufacture, transportation or disposal of explosives are required to obtain a Type II explosives permit. Entities applying for Type II permits are required to:

  • Have at least one Type I permitted individual in their employ, and
  • Identify the person(s) responsible for the oversight of the explosives in the entity\'s possession.

Type III explosives permits are issued to companies who store explosives in magazines. Inventory records are required for all types of explosives stored in magazines. Before issuance of the Type III permit, the Explosives Program will conduct an inspection of the magazine storage site(s).