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The Plant Pest Control Section certifies Ohio's nursery stock producers and dealers by performing inspections to help ensure their proper labeling, viability and freedom from pests and diseases. These inspections increase the likelihood of consumers receiving pest-free plants and helps prevent the introduction of new pests. The section helps facilitate commerce by assisting shippers of plant based commodities with the various federal and state quarantines that restrict the movement of articles capable of harboring targeted pests. Plant Pest Control provides inspections and phytosanitary certificates for shipments of grain, seed, logs, lumber, greenhouse plants, and other plant based commodities destined for other states or countries.

Nurseries

Nursery Stock Certification

Anyone who produces and sells nursery stock and is making over $250.00 in sales is required to obtain Nursery Stock Certification. To apply for Nursery Stock Certification click here for the application to complete. Complete the application and return back to us by mail, fax, or email. Once the application is received an ODA Plant Health Inspector will come and inspect your nursery stock. Once your Nursery is inspected you will be billed and once payment is received you will receive your Nursery Stock Certificate. 

Nursery Inspection Certificate Fees

Licensing Period: January 1st through December 31st - Annually
Annual Fee: $100.00 plus below criteria
Non-Intensive Acreage Fee: $7.00 per acre
Intensive Acreage Fee: $11.00 per acre


927.51 Plants and nursery stock definitions.

"Nursery stock" means:

  • Any hardy tree, shrub, plant, or bulb, whether wild or cultivated, except turfgrass, and any cutting, graft, scion, or bud thereof
  • "Hardy," when applied to plants and bulbs, whether wild or cultivated, means capable of surviving the normal winter temperatures of this state

927.55 Fee requirements exemptions

  • A person who produces for sale either within this state or within any state in which such plants and parts do not require a certificate of inspection as a condition of entry, only nonhardy plants and plant parts, vegetable plants, herbs, or forced floral plants, of whatever nature, while in bloom
  • A person who is not a nurseryman, dealer, or collector, and who makes no more than two hundred dollars in sales of nursery stock during a calendar year

Dealers

Dealer in Nursery Stock License

Any collector or dealer who sells or distributes nursery stock is required to obtain a Dealer in Nursery Stock license. Nursery Stock Dealers include garden centers, chain stores, and landscapers, as well as farmers' market and roadside plant sellers. Nursery stock sold or delivered by licensed Dealers are inspected by public officials to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. To apply for a Dealer license click here for the application to complete. Complete the application and return back to us by mail, fax, or email.  

License Fees

Licensing Period: January 1st through December 31st - Annually
Annual Fee: $125.00 per location

927.51 Plants and nursery stock definitions.

"Nursery stock" means:

  • Any hardy tree, shrub, plant, or bulb, whether wild or cultivated, except turfgrass, and any cutting, graft, scion, or bud thereof
  • "Hardy," when applied to plants and bulbs, whether wild or cultivated, means capable of surviving the normal winter temperatures of this state
"Dealer" means:
  • Any person other than a nurseryman who offers for sale, sells, or distributes nursery stock, either exclusively or in connection with other merchandise, in or from any nursery, store, sales ground, stand, lot, truck, railway car, or other vehicle. "Dealer" includes any landscaper who sells or offers for sale nursery stock as a part of a grounds improvement project that may involve the installation of such plants. 
"Collector" means:
  • Any person who collects, for sale, plants from wood lots, fields, forests, or other native habitat

Phyto Certificates

PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (USDA APHIS PPQ), and plant health agencies in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico, regulate the shipment of plant materials in an effort to minimize the spread of harmful insects, diseases, and other pests. Federal & State Quarantine Summaries are available at the National Plant Board website.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Inspectors are Authorized Certification Officials (ACO) who inspect and issue phytosanitary certificates for export. Federal and/or State certificates are required for interstate or international shippers of agricultural commodities, if the certificate is required by importing state or country. You will need to contact your local Plant Health Inspector or call 614-728-6400 to request an inspection before the certificate is issued.

State Certificates: Some states may also require a State Phytosanitary Certificate for the movement of plants or plant products.

Fees for Federal and State Phytosanitary Certificates Issued by ODA:

Phytosanitary Certificate for those licensed as a nursery or dealer (under ORC Code 927.53): $25.00

Phytosanitary Certificate for non-licensed nurseries or dealers: $100.00

Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking System

ALL phytosanitary certificate applications (state and federal) must be processed through the Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking (PCIT) System. The PCIT system tracks the inspection of agricultural products and certifies compliance with plant health standards of importing countries.

How do I create an account?
You must first have only a Level-1 eAuthentication account. Click here for PCIT Account creation process.

You may also view the status of your applications, print copies of your applications and final certificates, create templates to simplify the application creation process, and make payment.

Where do I submit my application in PCIT?
Once registered you can send the applications to the OH: Reynoldsburg (State) Duty Station.