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Pesticides General Permit: Am I Regulated?

Who is required to obtain permit coverage, who qualifies for general permit TXG870000, and who must obtain authorization through an individual permit.


You are required to obtain permit coverage if you discharge biological pesticide or chemical pesticide that leaves a residue in water when such applications are made into, over, or near waters of the United States.

You may obtain authorization under the Pesticides General Permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document for the control of the following pests:

  • Mosquitoes and Other Insects (see additional requirements for Emergency Control of Mosquitoes)
  • Vegetation and Algae
  • Animal Pests
  • Area-Wide Pests
  • Forest-Canopy Pests

If you do not qualify for the general permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document due to the limitations in Part II.C.1–7, then you must obtain authorization through an Individual Permit.

Annual Thresholds

The general permit identifies annual thresholds as follows:

  • Mosquitoes and Other Insect Pests—a pest-management area of at least 6,400 acres and containing U.S. waters.
  • Vegetation and Algae Pests—a treatment area of at least 100 acres in water or 200 linear miles at the water’s edge.
  • Animal Pests—Operators treating a treatment area greater than or equal to 100 acres in water or greater than or equal to 200 linear miles at the water’s edge.
  • Area-Wide Pests—A pest-management area of at least 6,400 acres and containing U.S. waters.
  • Forest-Canopy Pests—a pest-management area of at least 6,400 acres and containing U.S. waters.

Classifications of Operators

Level 1A

You are a level IA operator if you are above the annual threshold and you meet one of the following:

  • A public organization (such as a government) applying a restricted-use pesticide (RUP), a state limited-use (SLU) pesticide, or a regulated herbicide (RH) to waters of the U.S. where there is public or private access
  • A private party (such as individual or company) applying RUP, SLU pesticide or RH to waters of the U.S. where there is public access

Level IA Operators are required to submit a Notice of Intent Adobe Acrobat PDF Document (NOI) Application Form to obtain coverage under Pesticides General Permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. Send the NOI to the address on the form.

Level IB

You are a level IB operator if you are above the annual threshold and you meet one of the following:

  • A public organization applying general use pesticide (GUP) to waters of the U.S. where there is public or private access
  • A private party applying GUP to waters of the U.S. where there is public access
  • A private party applying RUP, SLUP, RH, or GUP to waters of the U.S. where there is only private access

Level IB Operators are required to submit a Self-Certification Form Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to their TCEQ Regional Office to obtain coverage under Pesticides General Permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Level II

You are a level II operator if you are below the annual threshold and you meet one of the following:

  • A public organization applying RUP, SLUP or RH to waters of the U.S. where there is public access
  • A public organization applying GUP to 1 acre or more of waters of the U.S. where there is private access
  • A private party applying RUP, SLUP or RH to waters of the U.S. where there is public access.
  • A private party applying GUP to 1 acre or more of waters of the U.S. where there is private access

Level II Operators are required to fill out and keep onsite a Self Certification Form to obtain coverage under Pesticides General Permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Level III

You are a level III operator if you meet the following:

  • A public organization or private party applying GUP to less than 1 acre of waters of the U.S. where there is public or private access

Level III Operators are not required to fill out any form to obtain coverage under Pesticides General Permit TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Adverse Incident Reporting Form

Within 24 hours of becoming aware of the potentially adverse incident, notify your nearest TCEQ regional office or call the TCEQ 24-Hour Spill Reporting Line at 1-800-832-8224. Adverse Incident Report Form Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

Other Pesticides General Permit Documents

Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program

The Texas Department of Agriculture website's Regulatory Programs Pesticide Exit TCEQ page has links to pesticide resources and other pertinent Texas state agencies.

Recordkeeping and Reporting Forms

For examples of Pesticide Discharge Management Plan and Annual Report Forms, please visit the EPA's NPDES Pesticide Management  page Exit TCEQ.

Contact Us

Contact the program area at 512-239-4671 or e-mail us at PGP@tceq.texas.gov if you have questions about TXG870000 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.