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Pesticide Business

A pesticide business license is required to own or operate a pesticide business in Ohio. A pesticide business is any person who:

  • applies pesticides to the property of another for hire, or
  • solicits to apply pesticides; or
  • conducts authorized diagnostic inspections

For example, a business that conducts a wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection, but does not treat for the insects, is still considered a pesticide business and needs to be licensed.

Pesticide Businesses

A pesticide business license is required for a business that applies pesticides to the property of another for hire, or solicits and takes orders to apply pesticides, or conducts diagnostic inspections for wood destroying insects in a contemplated real estate transaction. This type of business is considered as a Corporate or Parent Company. 

A pesticide registered location license is required for any additional location or branch operating in Ohio with the same name of a Pesticide Business that operates in Ohio. The location must have a Pesticide Business License associated with it and the Certificate of Insurance must also list this location.

Pesticide Businesses are licensed annually, from October 1 - September 30. There is a $35 licensing fee, plus $35 for each registered location. The license application can be found on the Forms page here.

Insurance Requirements (see attachment for full details)

Businesses which only act as pesticide solicitors (no applications are made by the company), or only perform seed treatments, or only apply boat antifoulant treatments do not have provide proof of financial responsibility. Special insurance requirements exist for aerial pesticide applicators and WDI businesses; see attached document for those requirements. For all other pesticide businesses:

Certificate of Insurance

A certificate of insurance or a binder needs to be submitted along with the Pesticide Business license application. The COI needs to include:

  • A statement verifying that the policy provides the coverage required (see example statements below). If the certificate or binder does not include this statement, the business license may not be issued.
    • Example statement: "This policy provides the coverage required in Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-07 (B)"
  • A clause which states in the same or similar language: "In the event of cancellation for non-payment, the insurer agrees to advise the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, by written notice ten days prior to the effective date of cancellation. If the policy is, for any other reason, canceled, not renewed, or there is a material change the insurer agrees to give the Ohio Department of Agriculture thirty days written notice.”

Coverage and Limits

  • Must have a commercial general liability insurance policy and, either a separate professional liability insurance policy or an endorsement covering the properties under the care, custody, and control of the pesticide application business 
  • Must provide coverage for each registered location associated with the pesticide business
  • Must provide coverage for bodily injury, property damage, products, and completed operations due to the application of pesticides at the location applied and for third party claims
  • The policy and endorsements must contain the following minimum limits of insurance:
    • $300,000 policy general aggregate
    • $300,000 per occurrence limit
    • $300,000 products and completed operations aggregate

Aerial Pest Control Businesses

Insurance Requirements (see attachment for full details)

Certificate of Insurance

A certificate of insurance or a binder needs to be submitted along with the Pesticide Business license application. The COI needs to include:

  • A statement verifying that the policy provides the coverage required (see example statements below). If the certificate or binder does not include this statement, the business license may not be issued.
    • Example statement: "This policy provides the coverage required in Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-07 (D)"
  • A clause which states in the same or similar language: "In the event of cancellation for non-payment, the insurer agrees to advise the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, by written notice ten days prior to the effective date of cancellation. If the policy is, for any other reason, canceled, not renewed, or there is a material change the insurer agrees to give the Ohio Department of Agriculture thirty days written notice.”

Coverage and Limits

  • Must have a comprehensive chemical liability insurance policy for the properties under the care, custody, and control of the pesticide application business
  • Must provide coverage for bodily injury, property damage, products, and completed operations due to the application of pesticides at the location applied and for third party claims
  • The policy and endorsements must contain the following minimum limits of insurance:
    • $100,000 property damage coverage per occurrence
    • $100,000 bodily injury (excluding passengers) coverage for each person
    • $300,000 bodily injury (excluding passengers) coverage per occurrence

WDI Inspection Businesses

Businesses that conduct WDI inspections must have a Pesticide Business License, even if they do not treat for the wood destroying insects. In addition to the license, the business is required to have the appropriate insurance for WDI inspections, and the person conducting the inspection must have a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license with Category 12 (wood destroying insect diagnostic inspection).

Note: If the business is only soliciting to do WDI inspections, and a different company actually conducts the inspection, then the soliciting business does not need to be licensed. Only the business and person actually conducting the inspections are required to be licensed.

Insurance Requirements (see attachment for full details)

Certificate of Insurance

A certificate of insurance or a binder needs to be submitted along with the Pesticide Business license application. The COI needs to include:

  • A statement verifying that the policy provides the coverage required (see example statements below) If the certificate or binder does not include this statement, the business license may not be issued.
  • For businesses doing WDI inspections only: "This policy provides the coverage required in Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-07 (C)"
  • For businesses doing both WDI and Pesticide applications: "This policy provides the coverage required in Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-07 (B) & (C)"
  • A clause which states in the same or similar language: "In the event of cancellation for non-payment, the insurer agrees to advise the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, by written notice ten days prior to the effective date of cancellation. If the policy is, for any other reason, canceled, not renewed, or there is a material change the insurer agrees to give the Ohio Department of Agriculture thirty days written notice.”

Coverage and Limits

If the WDI business only conducts inspections, and does NOT apply pesticides:

  • Must have either a specific liability policy or an endorsement on an existing commercial general liability policy covering claims which arise from errors or omissions in the performance of wood-destroying insect diagnostic inspections.
  • The policy and endorsements shall contain the following minimum limits of insurance:
    • $100,000 policy general aggregate
    • $50,000 per occurrence limit

If the WDI also applies pesticides, then in addition to the above:

  • Must have a commercial general liability insurance policy and, either a separate professional liability insurance policy or an endorsement covering the properties under the care, custody, and control of the pesticide application business
  • Must provide coverage for each registered location associated with the pesticide business
  • Must provide coverage for bodily injury, property damage, products, and completed operations due to the application of pesticides at the location applied and for third party claims
  • The policy and endorsements shall contain the following minimum limits of insurance:
    • $300, 000 products and completed operations aggregate.
    • $300,000 per occurrence limit
    • $300,000 policy general aggregate