Animal pest control operations
IntroductionTo lay pesticides or traps on public conservation land you must have permission from DOC.
Applications over the holiday period
We will stop working on permit and concession applications from 20 December 2023 and restart on 11 January 2024 due to our statutory close-down period. DOC offices will close on 22 December 2023 and reopen on 3 January 2024.
This document explains what you will be required to do: Applying for permission to use pesticides or traps on public conservation land (PDF, 312K).
Apply for permission
Start by contacting the local DOC office to discuss your proposed operation. Early contact is important as it allows the local office to inform you of any restrictions or compulsory conditions that may apply to your proposed operation.
The person assisting you will provide you with an application form to use pesticides (PDF, 308K) and the performance standards sheets for the pesticides that you are proposing to use.
The application form to use pesticides with assessment of environmental effects (AEE) example (PDF, 261K) shows what sort of information is required.
Email the forms along with the relevant documents requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your application is approved
If your application is approved you will be issued with a permission letter.
The conditions of your permission will include:
- the standards on the performance standard sheets for each pesticide use (and traps if applicable), and
- the standards stated in National performance standards for pest operations (PDF, 443K).
Other technical documents relating to pest control operations (including warning sign templates) can be found in managing animal pests.
Possum hunters wanting to apply to use cyanide paste or traps can follow the process explained in hunting permits.
For more information or assistance with your application contact the nearest of these DOC offices.