United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Special Nuclear Material Licensee Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help licensees find key information easily.

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Regulations

NRC's regulations are found in Chapter I of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. See also the Medical, Industrial, and Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

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Guidance

Consolidated materials guidance is published in "Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses" (NUREG-1556), Volume 17, Program-Specific Guidance About Special Nuclear Material of Less than Critical Mass Licenses.

Regulatory guides are issued in 10 divisions and are intended to aid licensees in implementing regulations. For a specific list of the most applicable guides see Division 8, Occupational Health, see the Medical, Industrial, and Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

Web (HTML) versions of some regulatory guides are available for viewing or downloading at this site. In the index for each division of guides, the number of each guide available at this site is underscored. All active final and draft guides are also available in NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS).

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Inspection Procedures

NRC's regional offices (Region I - Northeast, Region II - Southeast, Region III - Midwest, and Region IV - West/Southwest) conduct typically unannounced, periodic inspection of licensed activities using guidance from Inspection Manual, Chapter 2800. The frequency of inspection is based on the hazard of materials used.

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License Types

NRC assigns a five-digit code to each license to designate the major activity or principal use authorized in the license. NRC uses approximately 100 program codes to classify the thousands of active licenses. To learn more about this license category and the associated fee and inspection categories, see "Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Guidance About Administrative Licensing Procedures" (NUREG-1556, Vol. 20, Appendix G: LTS Program Code Descriptions). Use this information to find the fee you will pay in the schedules in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171.

Program Codes Used in Special Nuclear Material Licensing and Inspection Programs

License Title License Code
SNM Plutonium – Unsealed Less Than a Critical Mass 22110
SNM U-235 and/or U-233 Unsealed Less Than a Critical Mass 22111
SNM Plutonium – Neutron Sources Less Than 200 Grams 22120
Power Sources with Byproduct and/or Special Nuclear Material 22130
SNM Plutonium – Sealed Sources in Devices 22140
SNM Plutonium – Sealed Sources Less Than a Critical Mass 22150
SNM U-235 and/or U-233 Sealed Sources Less Than a Critical Mass 22151

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Fees

Special nuclear material license applicants are required to pay a fee to the NRC upon application for a new license and are required to pay an annual license fee to the NRC thereafter. Refer to the schedule of materials fees for the fees required for each category of license and each type of fee.

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Forms

The following forms are to be used by all research and development licensees.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, September 15, 2014