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Do I need a spraying licence?

just wondered, if I go to B&Q and buy Roundup, then use it to spray a car park and get paid, do I need a spraying licence?

Seems bizarre that you can buy professional chemicals without a certificate



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    Agree, absolutely the simple fact you are applying pesticides as a commercial concern......and in answer to your comment - what you are buying at B&Q is not a "professional" product.

    Read the Stat. Use label..It will say for Home/Garden Use only, ie : "For use only as a home garden weedkiller on unwanted vegetation and areas not intended to bear vegetation."

    If used outside the MAPP terms technically you can be prosecuted....:-(

    Please, please do not apply pesticides commercially if you are not trained and qualified - for all our sakes :-)

    Finally, do search the Forum as you will find a lot of information about spraying, pesticides, training and advice.

  • i was lead to believe that everyone needed to have pa1 to apply chemicals even on your own  ground i had my since it first came out

    • A PA1 and a PA6A licence is requiered for the use of pestisides and the handling, a PA1 is not a recognised Certificate of compedance under the control of pestisides regulations 1986

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    No, if you buy 'domestic' products in garden centres etc and you apply ONLY in your own garden/home you do not need a PA1, otherwise most garden centre customers would be techincally criminals ;-).

    If you buy professional products, then technically yes......

    This topic has been the subject of many posts on LJN.

    The answer is simple - If you buy and apply pesticides as commercial enterprise ( and presumably charge ) you need to be trained & licensed.


    If you're born before 1964, you can claim 'Grandfathers rights' although you still need some training

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    " If a person applies pesticides - whether that be as a spray or solid form - then they are required to hold a certificate of competence."

  • PRO
    Grandad rights or not, you still CANT use domestic products commercially.

    Sue/Bayleaf's Traditional said:


    If you're born before 1964, you can claim 'Grandfathers rights' although you still need some training

  • So why is it that there are over 3000 users working under 'Grandfather rights'? I quote ..........

    "There are approximately 3000 sole operators on farms with arable crops who are working under grandfather rights".

    Brian said:

    Grandad rights or not, you still CANT use domestic products commercially.

    Sue/Bayleaf's Traditional said:


    If you're born before 1964, you can claim 'Grandfathers rights' although you still need some training

  • this is getting complicated. if i spray a car park free of charge, i still need a licence?

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