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Pesticide Licensing

Under the Environmental Protection Act and the Pesticide Control Regulations, you must obtain a licence to purchase, sell or handle Commercial or Restricted class pesticides.

Operator Licence

To purchase Commercial or Restricted class pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador, you must obtain a Pesticide Operator Licence. Farmers are exempt from the requirement for a Pesticide Operator Licence if they hold a valid Pesticide Applicator Licence and the pesticides are to be used on their own property (privately owned, leased or rented land).

A Pesticide Operator Licence is valid for a period of five years.

To apply for a Pesticide Operator Licence, you must:

  1. Complete the application form for an Operator Licence PDF (331 KB)
  2. Employ Licensed Pesticide Applicator(s)
  3. Provide proof of insurance ($1,000,000 Commercial General Liability and $500,000 Third Party Liability). The Certificate of Insurance must be completed and returned by your insurer.
  4. Submit a cheque or money order for $500.00, payable to Newfoundland Exchequer Account - Revenue Account # 1218-500-4140-2764.  Note: fee for a 5 year licence will increase on June 1, 2016 to $750.00
  5. Send the application form, Certificate of Insurance and payment to:

Pesticide Enforcement and Licensing Specialist

Department of Environment and Conservation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6

Operators are also required to comply with licence stipulations.

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Applicator Licence

To handle Commercial or Restricted class pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador, you will need a Pesticide Applicator Licence. This licence requires successful completion of the Pesticide Applicator Exam. For information on examinations, education or training available please visit our Education/Training page.

The Pesticide Applicator Licence is valid for five years.

An Exam Request Form PDF (156 KB) is available with this information that you may print, complete and return to the address indicated. Before you fill out this application, you will need to determine what type of spray activity you will be undertaking.

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Applicator Licence Categories

  • Agricultural for the use of pesticides by ground application for production of agricultural products including fruits and vegetables, Christmas tree plantations, sod farming and to control livestock and poultry pests
  • Aquatic for the use of herbicides by ground application for the control of weeds in waterways
  • Forestry for the use of pesticides by ground application in forest management including outdoor nurseries and plantations
  • Greenhouse for the use of pesticides in greenhouses and mushroom houses including forest tree seedlings, and areas immediately surrounding greenhouses
  • Industrial Vegetation for the use of herbicides by ground application for controlling weeds on industrial areas including roadsides, power lines, pipelines, rights-of-way, railways, well sites, equipment yards, dams, dykes and non-crop land
  • Landscape for the use of pesticides by ground application for the maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and turf on outdoor residential, commercial and public land, including golf courses and cemeteries
  • Mosquito and Biting Fly for the use of insecticides by ground application for the control of mosquito or biting, fly larvae or adults
  • Fumigation for the use of fumigants
  • Structural for the use of pesticides other than herbicides or fumigants inside a structure
  • Aerial for the use of pesticides applied by aircraft

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Commercial Vendor Licence

In order to sell Commercial and Restricted class pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador you must obtain a Pesticide Vendor Licence. The purchaser of these products must hold a valid Pesticide Operator Licence, unless the pesticide sold is designated for agricultural use, in which case a Pesticide Applicator Licence is required.

A Pesticide Vendor Licence is valid for a period of one year. Please Note: (We are in the process of changing the Pesticide Vendor Licence to a multi-year licence).

To apply for a Pesticide Vendor Licence, you must:

  1. Complete the application form for a Vendor Licence PDF (238 KB)
  2. Employ a Certified Vendor. Contact the Pesticide Training Officer at: (709)729-6054.
  3. Submit a cheque or money order for $250.00, payable to Newfoundland Exchequer Account - Revenue Account # 1218-500-4140-2764.  Note: fee for a 5 year licence will increase as of June 1, 2016 to $375.00.
  4. Send the application form and payment to:

Pesticide Enforcement and Licensing Specialist

Department of Environment and Conservation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6

For further information contact the Pesticides Control Section.

Pesticides Control Section

Department of Environment and Conservation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: 1-709-729-2556
Toll Free: 1-800-563-6181

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Domestic Vendor Licence

In order to sell Domestic class pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador you must obtain a Domestic Pesticide Vendor Licence. Domestic class pesticides formulated for direct application on people and pets is exempt from this licence requirement.

A Domestic Pesticide Vendor Licence is valid for a period of five years.

To apply for a Domestic Pesticide Vendor Licence, you must:

  1. Complete the application form for a Domestic Vendor Licence PDF (163 KB)
  2. As of June 1, 2016 there will be a fee associated with this licence, $250.00 for a 5 year term.
  3. Submit the application along with a cheque or money order for $250.00, payable to Newfoundland Exchequer Account - Revenue Account # 1218-500-4140-2764

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