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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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Essential Pesticide Businesses: As identified in the Guidance on Executive Order 202.6, essential business or entities that are not required to reduce in-person workforce by 100% include manufacturing businesses such as food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages, and chemicals; and businesses that provide services such as building cleaning and maintenance, building cleaners and janitors, and general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor. This exclusion includes pesticide manufacturing and pesticides applications made by or for those business sectors. However, these business or entities should implement appropriate social distancing practices whenever and wherever possible. Regulations associated with these activities continue to be in effect and any related questions should be directed to appropriate DEC program staff. In general, standard procedures for safe handling of pesticides and managing pests should continue to be used. Please contact DEC with any questions at

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pesticide Information: Pesticide products used to disinfect surfaces or objects must first be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and then by DEC. EPA has activated its Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Products in order to enable the use of certain EPA-registered disinfectant products against COVID-19. EPA identified products which can be used against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. EPA strongly recommends following the virucidal use directions with the longest contact time on the product label.

DEC has created a list of products registered in New York State that correspond to the list of products identified by the EPA. The list can be downloaded below:

DEC List of Products to Disinfect COVID-19 (Updated March 27, 2020)(PDF)

Note: This list is subject to change. DEC recommends users check back regularly for an updated list.

DEC reminds users to strictly follow the label directions for disinfecting surfaces for viruses, including adherence to contact times and appropriate personal protective equipment (if applicable) as listed on each product label.

For more information related to COVID-19, please visit the following webpages:

New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Webpage (leaves DEC website)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Webpage (leaves DEC website)

Questions about pesticide products used in relation to COVID-19 should be directed to DEC's Pesticide Product Registration Section at 518-402-8768 or

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) 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) and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) compliance checklist (PDF) 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).

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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