Aerial Applicator Business Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that employs pilots for aerial application of pesticides (spray pesticides from an aircraft). A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy or alter the life cycle of any pest. Pesticides are used in commercial, domestic and urban and rural environments and include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents.

You will need this licence whether you apply the pesticides yourself or if you employ others to do so. Any pilot that will fly the aircraft must hold an aerial applicator pilot licence.

Please be aware that pesticides can only be applied from aircraft that has been endorsed (by the relevant Authority) as suitable for agricultural operations. The Act prohibits the attachment of spray equipment to any aircraft not endorsed for agricultural operations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be considered a fit and proper person for the purpose of the licence (see application form); and
  • Hold an endorsed Air Operator's Certificate.

Please refer to the application form for further details on the documents and information you are required to submit with your application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years maximum.





The application form outlines the documents required to be submitted with your application.

Approval time

Within 1 week.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
NSW Environment Protection Authority

Act(s) name

Pesticides Act 1999 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Pesticides Regulation 2009 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Chemicals and Radiation Licensing Unit
Department of Planning and Environment
NSW Environment Protection Authority

Operating address:
59 Goulburn St
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
Sydney South, New South Wales 1232




02 99955555


02 99956603

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