Halon Special Permit
Any person or company possessing halon, which is for use in fire
protection equipment, must hold a Halon Special Permit (HSP).
For example, even if there is an exemption for having halon
in a fire protection system - as is the case in certain aviation,
defence and maritime applications - the system owner still must
possess a Halon Special Permit for any halon held and not
fitted into the system approved under the general exemption in the
Regulations. That is, if you hold 'top up' stocks of halon
extinguishing agents you need to hold a Halon Special
Permit to do so.
Under the regulations it is an offence of strict liability to
possess halon without the appropriate permit.
A HSP is valid for a maximum period of 12 months.
How to apply for a Halon Special Permit
A Halon Special Permit may be granted by the Fire
Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board where it is satisfied
- the applicant is appropriately experienced and the use of the
halon is to protect human life or operate equipment that is
critical to the community.
- there is no practicable and safe alternative available at
To apply for a HSP an application form must be completed.
Download a copy of the application form here.
For 2018 fee information, click here.
A Risk Management Plan must also be completed and
submitted to the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board, as
part of the application process. A HSP holder may also need to
hold an Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisation (EATA) if they
trade in that halon.