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Business/Agency Pesticide Information

New Payment Process for Business Registrations and Commercial Permits:

NYSDEC has developed a new process to pay fees for Pesticide Business Registrations and Commercial Permits for Restricted Pesticide Dealers. Do not submit a payment when you submit your application. Submit your completed application to the Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section. When your application is reviewed and approved you will be sent an invoice by the NYSDEC Revenue Accounting Unit. Once you receive your invoice you will be able to pay online with a credit card, debit card, or e-check, or you can pay by mail with a check or money order. Please visit the On-Line Invoicing section of the Doing Business with DEC webpage for more information regarding electronic payments. If you do not pay the invoice within 30 days, you will be required to submit a new application. Your registration certificate will be issued after full payment is received.

NYSPAD:

The New York State Pesticide Administration Database (NYSPAD) portal allows users to search and view information regarding many areas of data collected by NYSDEC's Bureau of Pesticides Management, such as: pesticide products, business/agency registration, applicators/technicians, training courses and certification/recertification exams. Click the icon below to search the NYSPAD database.

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Businesses that offer pesticide application services and agencies that make pesticide applications must register with the Department. A commercial permit is required for the sale of restricted use pesticides in New York State. A definition of agency and other business registration requirements are contained in 6 NYCRR Part 325 (link leaves DEC's website) and the commercial permit requirements can be found in 6 NYCRR Part 326. (link leaves DEC's website)

Business Registration:

Each business location offering, advertising, or providing the services of commercial application of pesticides either entirely or as part of the business must register with the Department. To register as a pesticide business or renew a registration please complete the Pesticide Business Registration Application (PDF, 161 KB). Renewal applications must be submitted to the Department at least 30 days before the current registration expires. There is a new payment process, please read the information at the top of this page.

To qualify for a business registration the business must employ a certified applicator or technician who is certified in each category the business will operate in. If the business will be operating in categories 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7f, 7g, or 11 the business must employ a certified applicator with those categories, for all other categories the business can employ a certified applicator or a technician. Pesticide applications must be made by employees of the business, contractors or consultants cannot make or supervise pesticide applications.

All businesses must carry commercial general liability insurance that shows the business has coverage of at least $1,000,000 each occurrence. A certificate of liability insurance must be submitted with all applications. Certificates should also be submitted to the DEC each year when the policy renews. Insurance certificates must list any dba names used by the business. Insurance certificates must show the address of the location being registered. If a company has multiple locations that need to be registered the insurance certificate should list each address registered or separate insurance certificates should be sent for each address. Insurance certificates that only show the address of the corporate headquarters will not be accepted.

Agency Registration:

Each agency that applies pesticides must register with the Department. Agencies that must register include state, county, and municipal agencies, public school districts, colleges and universities. To register as a pesticide agency or renew a registration please complete the Pesticide Agency Registration Application (PDF, 115 KB). Renewal applications must be submitted to the Department at least 30 days before the current registration expires.

To qualify for an agency registration the agency must employ a certified applicator or technician who is certified in each category the agency will operate in. If the agency will be operating in categories 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5e, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7f, 7g, or 11 the agency must employ a certified applicator with those categories, for all other categories the agency can employ a certified applicator or a technician. Pesticide applications must be made by employees of the agency, contractors or consultants cannot make or supervise pesticide applications.

Vehicle Decals:

Each Vehicle (including trailers) used by a registered business or agency that transports pesticides and each piece of ride-on pesticide application equipment is required to display two Registered Pesticide Business decals. The decals should be placed on opposite sides of each vehicle or piece of equipment. Decals should not be placed on small pieces of pesticide application equipment such as handheld or backpack sprayers or on carrying cases. They are for use on vehicles and ride-on application equipment only.

If you need additional decals for new vehicles or equipment, please send an email to pestmgt@dec.ny.gov or a fax to 518-402-9024 with your business or agency name, registration number, and the number of new vehicles or pieces or ride-on equipment that need decals. Registered businesses should include a current certificate of liability insurance with the request.

Commercial Permits:

A Commercial Permit is required to distribute, sell, offer for sale, purchase for the purpose of re-sale, or possess for the purpose of resale of a restricted use pesticide. A Commercial Permit is required by all pesticide registrants and dealers who sell or ship restricted-use pesticides within or into New York State. A Commercial Permit is issued to a specific business. Dealers or registrants that conduct business under more than one name must obtain a Commercial Permit for each business name. A separate Commercial Permit is required for each location in New York State. Out-of-State dealers or registrants with no sales or distribution location in New York State need one Commercial Permit.

Any person who engages in the sale of a restricted use pesticide shall be certified by the Commissioner. Each business requiring a Commercial Permit must employ at least one applicator who is certified in New York State throughout the term of the Commercial Permit.

All Commercial Permit holders are required to file annual reports of:

  1. The sales of restricted use pesticide products and
  2. The sales of general use pesticide products to private applicators for use in agricultural crop production.

Download the Commercial Permit Application and Instructions (PDF, 91 KB). Renewal applications must be mailed at least 30 days before your Commercial Permit expires to avoid a lapse in the permit. There is a new payment process, please read the information at the top of this page.

Restricted use pesticides can only be sold or distributed to Certified Applicators. Uncertified individuals cannot pick up restricted use pesticides on behalf of a Certified Applicator.

Contact the Department's Albany office at (518) 402-8748 for additional information regarding business registrations or commercial permits.

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