Animal pest control operations
IntroductionTo lay pesticides or traps on public conservation land you must have permission from DOC.
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
Delays in processing
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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.
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.