Aerial Applicator Pilot Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are a pilot and intend to fly an aircraft used to apply, spread or spray pesticides in NSW. 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.

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.

You must also hold (or be engaged or employed by the holder of) an aerial applicator business licence.

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 18 years old or over;
  • Be considered a fit and proper person for the purpose of this licence (see application form);
  • Hold a current commercial pilot (aeroplane) licence or commercial pilot (helicopter) licence with an agricultural rating or an aerial application rating; and
  • Hold a certificate of approval issued under the Spray Safe Accreditation Program or pass an exam conducted in accordance with the requirements of another state of territory for the purpose of obtaining an equivalent licence.

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.



Other resources

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

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

Mailing address:
Sydney South, New South Wales 1232




02 99955555

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