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Aquatic Pesticide Purchase Permit

Permit Requirements

An aquatic pesticide purchase permit will allow for the purchase and use of aquatic pesticides on your own property. Permits are normally issued for one year. However, some products (such as copper sulfate) are packaged in sizes in excess of the amount that can be used in one year. An aquatic pesticide purchase permit may be issued to allow the use of these products, in accordance with label directions, for a period of several years. There is no fee to obtain an aquatic pesticide purchase permit.

If the body of water to be treated has an outflow to other surface waters, or is greater than one surface acre in size, or has multiple shoreline property owners, you are not eligible for a purchase permit. However, water bodies that do not meet the criteria for a purchase permit may be eligible to be treated by a Certified Pesticide Applicator under an Aquatic Pesticide Permit pursuant to Article 15-0313.4 of the Environmental Conservation Law. Contact your NYSDEC Regional office if you have questions about your particular situation.

Permit Application

Submit one application (PDF) (98 KB) for each pesticide product requested. The application form can be completed while on line, then printed; or can be printed as a blank form and complete by hand. Next, determine the NYSDEC Regional office serving the county where the waterbody is located, and mail the completed application to that office for processing. E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

You, the applicant, must know how to read and understand a pesticide label, calibrate pesticide application equipment, mix and apply the pesticide as directed by the label and properly dispose of pesticide containers. The questions on this permit application help to ensure your understanding of pesticide usage.

Applicants are subject to inspection by the DEC to make sure that the terms of this permit and the pesticide label are complied with.