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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulates pesticides and is responsible for compliance assistance, public outreach activities and, enforcement of the requirements in the Environmental Conservation Law.

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Initial Stakeholder Meeting: DEC held an initial stakeholder meeting (PDF 45 KB) on January 18, 2019 to consider changes to the DEC'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

Pay your Pesticide Applicator/Technician Certification and Business/Agency Registration Application Fees Electronically Online: You can now pay your pesticide certification and business/agency fees electronically. Please do not submit a check with your application. After reviewing your application, we will mail you an invoice that you can pay via electronic check, debit card or credit card. Note: Certain payment types incur related transaction fees. Please visit the On-Line Invoicing section of the Doing Business with DEC webpage, the Pesticide Applicator/Technician Certification webpage, or the Business/Agency Pesticide Information webpage for more information regarding electronic payments.

Attention Category 3A Only and Category 3B Only Pesticide Applicators and Technicians:
Article 33 has recently been amended as part of the 2018 New York State Budget. These amendments will affect your fee at your next renewal or recertification. Please read the NOTICE (PDF, 63 KB) for details on how the changes will be implemented.

Pollinator Protection - Information on reporting a "Pollinator Incident" and resources available to you for protecting and encouraging pollinators.

Enforcement Discretion Letters - The Department will exercise its authority to utilize enforcement discretion with respect to certain provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and associated regulations relating to commercial pesticide applicator certification requirements in the following areas:

Compliance Checklists - A business compliance checklist (PDF, 54 KB) and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) compliance checklist (PDF, 127 KB) have been developed for Registered Pesticide Businesses, Certified Pesticide Applicators, and farmers that can be used to check compliance with some of the basic regulatory requirements.

NYSPAD Product Search - The NYSPAD product search can be used to obtain information regarding all pesticide products registered in New York. In addition, pesticide product labels can be viewed or downloaded within the NYSPAD search. Please click on the icon below to enter the NYSPAD search webpage.


Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - The Department is involved in enforcing the new 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, 28KB).

Contact Us

The Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section can be contacted at 518-402-8748 or

The Pesticide Product Registration Section can be contacted at 518-402-8768 or

The Pesticide Compliance Section can be contacted at 518-402-8727 or

For questions regarding The Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL), call 518-402-8748 or email

PesticidesUpdates Listserv

The PesticidesUpdates list is for DEC to provide the list members with information announcements only.

Sign up for the PesticidesUpdates e-mail notification listserv and get notices sent right to your inbox. Subscribe to DEC Delivers, enter your e-mail address, complete and submit the requested information on the "New Subscriber" page. On the "Quick Subscription" page you will see all of the additional topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Scroll to the "Prevent and Control Pollution" category and check the box next to "Pesticides." You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).

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