Authorization to sell or use pesticides

An authorization may be required to sell pesticides, apply pesticides to public or private land, to apply pesticides as a service, or for specified industrial uses or water. Under the Integrated Pest Management Act and Regulation there are four types of authorizations:

  • Certificates are issued to individual pesticide applicators
  • Licences, confirmations and permits are issued to businesses that have certified pesticide applicators

Before using any pesticides, find out which authorization is required for your specific situation. Please refer to the sector review paper to help determine which authorization you need.


Pesticide licence

Before you apply, first confirm that you need a licence:

To apply for a pesticide licence, you will need staff with a valid pesticide certificate in the appropriate category:

Starting on January 25, 2021, apply for your pesticide licence at your nearest Service BC Centre.

Citizens not wishing to visit a Service BC office or out-of-province applicants may submit their completed application forms to applications.sbc@gov.bc.ca. You will be contacted for payment processing.

To apply for a pesticide licence at a Service BC Centre, you will need to bring:

  • A completed pesticide licence application form (PDF, 421KB)
    • This is a new form. Older versions of the form won’t be accepted
  • Proof that your business is in good standing if it is registered with the BC Registrar of Companies
    • This can be a Certificate of Good Standing or a screenshot of an online search of the Corporate Registry at no charge
    • Service BC can provide the certificate for a fee
  • If you are renewing your licence, a copy of the email confirming receipt of the annual summary report for the previous calendar year

Pesticide use confirmation

In general, confirmations are necessary for large-scale industrial operations. If confirmation is required, a Pest Management Plan must be prepared and subjected to public consultation and First Nation engagement. Only then can it be registered with the ministry.

If your PMP is complete, you can submit a Pesticide Use Notice to obtain a confirmation for pesticide uses prescribed by the Integrated Pest Management Act and Regulation.

Notice of intent to treat

Confirmation holders must submit a Notice of Intent to Treat to the Administrator at least 21 days before the first use of pesticides in a calendar year. This form is meant to assist in assuring all necessary information is provided.


Permits

Certain pesticide uses require a permit instead of a confirmation or a licence.

Changes to the permit application process came into effect on June 7, 2021.

When you are ready to apply for a pesticide use permit, submit the application form: