Pest Control License

What is Pest Control License?

Pest is any animal or plant which harms humans or human living conditions. These are the creatures that destroy crops, livestock, and forestry or cause a nuisance to people, especially in their homes. The common pests are insects, mites, nematodes, flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, rats and mice, etc.

The term pest control refers to the controlling of insects or pests down to a level where the risk to people, their food, and the environment is minimized.

Pest control businesses play an important role in this. 

To start a pest control business it is necessary to obtain the pest control license. The pest control operations with the use of Methyl bromide, Aluminium phosphide, Ethylene dibromide, or as notified requires the license in the prescribed format. 

The license is to be obtained from the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee. The insecticides act 1968, control the import, manufacture, sale distribution, and use of insecticides to prevent risk to human beings or animals and for matters connected therewith.

Types of Pest Control Licenses issued in India

There are three types of pest control licenses.

  • License to manufacture insecticides
  • License to sell, stock and, distribute insecticides
  • License for the use of restricted insecticides for commercial operators

License to Manufacture Insecticides

It is required to possess this license for the manufacturing of insecticides. The application requires a fee of Rs.2000 for every insecticide and a maximum of Rs.20,000 for all insecticides for which the license is applied. It is essential to make separate applications if the insecticide is proposed to be manufactured in more than one place.

The license is required to be kept on the approved premises and to be produced at the time of inspection. The change in the name of the expert staff named in the license is to be reported to the licensing officer. 

If the licensee wants to handle during the currency of the license to manufacture additional insecticides, he shall apply to the licensing officer for the required approval in the license by paying the prescribed fee for every category of insecticides.

The person applying for a manufacturing license shall possess a Master’s degree in Chemistry with a Doctorate or graduate degree in Chemical Engineering for manufacturing technical grade pesticides or a graduate degree in Agricultural Science with Chemistry for the manufacture of a pesticide formulation.

License to sell, stock, and distribute Insecticides:

It is required to possess this license for the sale, stock, and distribution of insecticides. The application requires Rs.500 for every insecticide for which the license is applied. There will be a separate fee for each place if any insecticide is sold, stocked, or distributed at more than one place. 

The maximum fee is Rs.7500 for every place, for the insecticides commonly used for household purposes and registered as such. If the place of sale is a rural area then the fee is one-fifth of the fee specified in the rule. It is essential to make separate applications if any insecticide is proposed to be sold or distributed at more than one place.

The person applying for the license to sell, stock or distribute insecticides should possess a graduate degree in Biotechnology or Biochemistry or life sciences or Agricultural Sciense or Science with Chemistry or Zoology or Botany from a recognized university. Otherwise, the person should possess a one-year diploma course in Agriculture or Horticulture or related subjects from any government recognized university. The course should have content on plant protection and pesticide management.

License for the use of restricted Insecticides for commercial operators:

The person who undertakes pest control operations with the use of Methyl bromide, Aluminium phosphide, Ethylene dibromide, or as notified shall apply for this license. The application fee is Rs1000 for each place of operation. The validity of the license is 5 years.

The person should possess a graduation degree in Agriculture or Science with Chemistry as a subject. The person should also be trained by the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) or Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) or National Plant Protection Training Institute (NPPTI) at Hyderabad or Mysore or Faridabad for 15 days in fumigation and prophylaxis program.

In addition to the license, the operator has to obtain special permission from the Plant Protection Adviser to the Government of India. It is required for the pest control operators to stick on to the prescribed guidelines and procedures by the Plant Protection Adviser.

What are the forms required for Pest Control License?

Form I: This is the application form for the registration of insecticides.

Form II: This is the certificate of provisional registration of insecticides.

Form III: This is the certificate of registration of insecticides.

Form IV: This is the form of appeal.

Form V: This is the application form for the grant of license to manufacture insecticides.

Form VI: This is the license to manufacture insecticides.

Form VII: This is the application form for the grant or renewal of the license to sell, stock, or exhibit for sale or distribute insecticides. This is also the application form for the grant or renewal of the license to stock and the use of insecticides for commercial pest control operations.

Form VIII: This is the license to sell, stock, or exhibit for sale or distribute insecticides. This also includes the license to stock and the use of insecticides for commercial pest control operations.

Form IX: This is the format of the principal certificate.

Form X: This is the self-certification by the manufacturers or dealers or retailers regarding stocks of insecticides.

Form XI: This is the register of date expired pesticides.

Form XII: This is the register for sale or distribution of insecticides (Technical and Formulation) including insecticides used in commercial pest control operations.

Form XIII: This is the stock register of technical grade insecticides.

Form XIV: This is the stock register of formulated insecticide.

Form XV: This is the format for the monthly return or statement of technical grade insecticides imported or manufactured.

Form XVI: This is the format for monthly or return or statement for formulated insecticides.

Form XVII: This is the report of insecticide analyst.

Form XVIII: This is the format of the order requiring a person not to dispose of any stock in his possession.

Form XIX: This is the form of receipt for the seized insecticides.

Form XX: This is the intimation to the person or licensee from whom the sample is taken.

Form XXI: This is the memorandum to insecticide analyst.

Form XXII: This is the format of the persons engaged in connection with insecticides.

What are the documents required for Pest Control License Registration?

Documents required for manufacturing License:

  • Application form V duly filled.
  • Land documents in details.
  • NOC from the local body.
  • NOC from Pollution Control Board.
  • Industry registration from the state industry department.
  • List of tech experts with qualifications.
  • First aid facility from the contact doctor.
  • Product ingredients which are to be formulated.
  • List of machinery or equipment.
  • Sketch map of the area of the manufacturing unit.
  • Verification report from concerned District Agricultural Officer.
  • Treasury challan for the prescribed fees.

Documents required for renewal for sell, stock, and distribution License:

  • Application form VII duly filled.
  • Treasury challan for the prescribed fees.
  • Principal certificate issued by the manufacturer in Form IX. (Original)
  • Trade license.
  • Firm government registration.
  • PAN card.
  • Passport size photo. (3 copies)
  • The product sample must be submitted at the time of issue of the license or renewal.
  • Contact number.
  • Concerned DAO’s forwarding with the inspection report.

Documents required for renewal of pest control operations License:

  • Application form in Form VII duly filled.
  • Sub-dealership from valid license holder pesticide dealers for anti-termite operations.
  • Treasury challan for the prescribed fees.
  • Trade license.
  • Firm government registration.
  • PAN card of the firm propagator.
  • PAN card of the technical expert.
  • Expert (Tech) certificate.
  • Passport size photo. (3 copies)
  • Contact number.
  • The inspection report from DAO’s concerned.

What is the procedure for applying for Pest Control license?

  • Contact the Deputy Commissioners Office.
  • The applicant has to ensure that they are eligible for the application.
  • Applicants must have completed the training and obtained the certificates.
  • Apply along with the required documents.
  • After verification of the documents, the authorities will inspect the premises to ensure the appropriate standards. If they are satisfied license will be granted.

What if you violate the law?

  • According to the Insecticides Act 1968, the persons who violate the law will be levied with a penalty of imprisonment up to three years and a fine of Rs.2000.
  • According to the bill introduced in 2017, the person is liable to a penalty of imprisonment for up to five years and a fine up to Rs.500,000.

Conclusion

Being the owner and operator of pest control businesses in India, one must possess the Pest Control License. It is required for them to strictly follow the rules and regulations of the act. Failing to comply with these may lead to punishable offenses under the act.

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