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A pesticide business license is required for any person or business operating in Virginia, which, in exchange for compensation, sells, stores, distributes, mixes, applies or recommends pesticides. A separate pesticide business license is required for each business location. This license is separate from and in addition to any other commercial business license.

How to Apply for a Pesticide Business License

  1. Complete an Application for Virginia Pesticide Business License (pdf).
  2. Furnish a Certificate of Insurance showing a minimum of $100,000 for property damage, $100,000 for personal injury to or death of one person, and $300,000 per occurrence.
  3. Mail the application, certificate of insurance and license fee to the address on the application.
  4. The applicant for a Pesticide Business License or his employee must also pass a written examination prior to being issued a business license. Request to take the Virginia Pesticide Business License Examination. However, if the applicant or his employee is certified as a commercial applicator, the exam requirement is waived.

Annual License Renewals

All pesticide business licenses expire on March 31 of each year and must be renewed. An application for renewal is sent annually to all licensed businesses.

Requirements of a Pesticide Business

Licensed pesticide businesses in Virginia are required to:

  1. Maintain for a period of two years written records of (a) any pesticide applied commercially and (b) any restricted use pesticide sold.
  2. Maintain the required insurance coverage.
  3. Employ a certified applicator who (a) is responsible for the safe application of the pesticide or (b) provides recommendations or the use of pesticides.
  4. Notify VDACS of any changes in business name, address, insurance coverage, or change in commercial applicator(s) assigned to each business location.


The following are exempt from having to obtain a pesticide business license:

  1. Merchants of limited quantities of nonrestricted use pesticides (less than $50,000 annually, per outlet) who sell pesticides primarily intended for limited household use.
  2. Federal, state and local government agencies.
  3. Certified applicators not for hire.
  4. Providers of janitorial, cleaning or sanitizing services, if no pesticides other than sanitizer, disinfectants and germicides are used.

Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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