Due to the concerns related to COVID-19 and the current Red Level risk factor, the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) continues to take precautions to protect the health and safety of our customers and our employees.  Most of our staff is currently working from home to comply with the higher level status.

This is in an effort to change the trajectory of this virus, and applies to state employees (with limited exceptions) in counties with orange or red levels of incidence. 

If you need assistance, please call 303-318-8525 to schedule an appointment or email us at cdle_ops@state.co.us 

All visitors will be required to wear a mask per the Governor’s Executive Order.

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).