Authorization to sell or use pesticides

An authorization may be required to:

  • Sell pesticides
  • Apply pesticides to public or private land
  • Apply pesticides as a service
  • For specified industrial uses or water

Authorization types

There are four types of authorizations under the Integrated Pest Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management Regulation:

  • Certificates are issued to individual pesticide applicators
  • For businesses that have certified pesticide applicators:
    • Licences
    • Confirmations
    • Permits

Before using any pesticides:

Apply for a pesticide licence

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

Application requirements

To apply for a pesticide licence, you need:

Application options

There are two options to apply for your licence:

In person


Amending a licence

If you make changes to your licence information after it is issued:

Pesticide use confirmation

In general, confirmations are necessary for large-scale industrial operations. If confirmation is required, a Pest Management Plan (PMP) 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 (PDF, 423.5KB). This is 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 (PDF, 394KB) 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.

Apply for a pesticide permit

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 Pesticide Use Permit Application Form (PDF, 435KB)