Aerial Applicator Pilot Licence - New South Wales


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
  • 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Act(s) name

Pesticides Act 1999 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Pesticides Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Application process


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

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

NSW Environment Protection Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Chemicals and Radiation Licensing Unit

NSW Environment Protection Authority

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX A290
Sydney South, New South Wales 1235
Phone: 02 9995 5555
Phone: 13 15 55
Website: NSW Environment Protection Authority (Opens in new window)