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Welcome to the Pesticide Permit Decision Tool

EPA developed this interactive tool to help you:

  • determine if an NPDES permit will be needed for your pesticide application when the requirement for a permit takes effect beginning October 31, 2011;
  • if you determine you need a permit, determine if you are eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES Final Pesticide General Permit (PGP) (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) ; and
  • if you are eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES PGP, understand what your requirements are under the final PGP.

This tool will guide you step-by-step as you select answers to the questions below.

NOTICE: This interactive tool is for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is based upon the final version of EPA's PGP (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) and is only to be used for areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority (PDF) (4 pp, 44K) . Contact your EPA Regional office or your State NPDES permitting agency for further information about NPDES pesticide permit eligibility and requirements.

Step 1: Do I need an NPDES permit for my pesticide applications? Start Decision Process


Step 2: I need an NPDES permit for my pesticide application. Am I eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP)? Start Decision Process  



Step 3: I need an NPDES permit for my pesticide application and I am eligible for coverage under EPA’s NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP). What is required of me under the PGP?
Are you a decision-maker or a for-hire applicator? (See Part 1.0 (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) and Appendix A (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) for definitions.)
A decision-maker     A for-hire applicator    


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Last updated on March 29, 2012 1:05 PM
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