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Registry of Persons Requiring Prior Notification of the Application of Pesticides 1

O. Norman Nesheim and F. M. Fishel2

This document explains the requirements to fulfill before a person can be registered to receive prior notification of pesticide application.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is required by Chapter 482 F.S., Florida Pest Control Law, to maintain a current registry of persons who require prior notification of the application of pesticides. FDACS is required to provide a list of these persons on a quarterly basis to all businesses and persons who have a current license or have a limited certificate issued by the FDACS Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement.

Registry Listing Requirements

Upon request, FDACS must register any person who pays an initial registration fee of $50 and submits to FDACS a certificate signed by a physician, who is licensed as a medical doctor (MD) in Florida, stating the following information:

  1. The physician has examined the person and determined that the placement of the person on the registry is necessary to protect that person's health;

  2. The physician is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in allergy, toxicology, or occupational medicine;

  3. The distance surrounding the person's primary residence for which the prior notification is required in order to protect the person's health;

  4. The pesticide or class of pesticides for which the physician has determined that prior notification to the person is necessary to protect the person's health; and

  5. The license number of the physician.

Persons who want their names to appear on the registry from year to year must pay an annual renewal fee of $10 and submit an annual update of the physician's certificate.

FDACS, Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement must provide all licensees and limited certificate holders, on a quarterly basis, the following information:

  • The names and addresses of those persons who are currently registered;

  • The pesticide or class of pesticides for which prior notification is required; and

  • The distance for which notification is required.

It is the responsibility of the person listed on the registry to provide FDACS with the addresses of properties or residences that fall within the applicable contiguous, adjacent, or special-distance parameters for notification. FDACS supplies this information to licensees and certificate holders.

The Distance Required for Notification

Unless the physician is board-certified in allergy, toxicology, or occupational medicine, the physician is limited to requiring notification of those applications made to properties adjacent and contiguous to the person's primary residence. Physicians who are board-certified in one of the above-named specialties may extend the distance required for notification up to a half-mile radius from the boundaries of the person's primary residence. It must not exceed the minimum distance required to protect the person's health.

Notification Requirements

A licensee or limited certificate holder must notify the person at least 24 hours prior to the application of the pesticide to a lawn, plant bed, or exterior foliage within the area, designated by the physician, that surrounds the property on which the primary residence of the registered person is located. Notification may be by telephone, mail, or hand delivery. The notification must include the location where the pesticide will be applied and the type of pesticide to be used. An exception is made for small amounts of another pesticide applied to an infestation or disease discovered on the site at the time of treatment. This notification requirement does not apply to pesticide applications made by:

  • Homeowners; or

  • Pesticide applicators licensed under Chapter 487 F.S.

Additional Information

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement

3125 Conner Blvd., Bldg. 8 (L-29)

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

(850) 617-7997

(850) 617-7892 Fax



This document is PI-5, one of a series of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 1998. Revised August 2000 and October 2015. Reviewed September 2018. Visit the EDIS website at


O. Norman Nesheim, Ph.D., former professor and pesticide information coordinator, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department; and F. M. Fishel, professor, Department of Agronomy, and director, Pesticide Information Office; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.