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Pesticide Laws and Regulations

DEC regulates pesticides and is responsible for compliance assistance, public outreach activities, and enforcement of the requirements in the Environmental Conservation Law.

Pesticides must be registered with the DEC before they can be sold, distributed, or used in the state. Pesticide applicators must be certified before they can apply pesticides commercially. Businesses must be registered with the DEC before they can apply pesticides or offer services in New York State.

The DEC would like to highlight a number of Laws and Regulations pertaining to the sale, use, and disposal of pesticides in New York State. For questions, contact the DEC Pesticide Compliance Section at 518-402-8727 or send us an email.

Initial Stakeholder Meeting: The DEC held an initial stakeholder meeting on January 18, 2019 to consider changes to the Department's pesticide regulations. Fact sheets (PDF - 168 KB), Slide Presentation (PDF - 398 KB), and a Comment Form (PDF - 36 KB) are available for those who are interested in being involved in the process. Stakeholder input for pesticide regulations is being received at You may also submit input regarding aquatic pesticide regulations to

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - The Department is involved in enforcing the Worker Protection Standard requirements issued by the USEPA (leaves DEC website). Email questions regarding the WPS to Complaints can be filed using the Farm Worker Complaint Form (PDF - 28 KB).

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