DEPARTMENT OF PESTICIDE REGULATION

COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Regulatory Division staff are currently working remotely under a modified operation status. All services will continue to be provided and staff will be available during work hours via email. Please be patient as you may experience longer response times as we work through this event.

Pesticide Applicator Renewal Deadlines and Testing

Executive Order 2020-08 - Declaring State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Executive Order 2020-12 - Regulatory Flexibility to Facilitate “Social Distancing”

EPA’s Coronavirus webpage

EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-Cov-2

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is the state's lead agency charged with regulating the distribution, sale and use of pesticides in South Carolina.

South Carolina's Department of Pesticide Regulation:

  • provides initial certification and licensing for pesticide use to individuals, professional and business through state and federal laws;
  • works cooperatively with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make sure pesticides are used in a lawful manner that minimizes risk to the environment and human health;
  • has a robust investigation and inspection program that consist of 14 field investigators and 2 program managers who complete routine and for-cause inspections on pesticide use (and alleged misuse) throughout the state of South Carolina;
  • is part of the Division of Regulatory Services which is housed within Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture. DPR partners with other state and federal entities like the S.C. Department of Agriculture and Clemson Cooperative Extension to provide regulation through education.

Pesticide regulation is mandated by the federal government and each state’s designated agency is responsible for enforcing pesticide regulations within that state. The Department of Pesticide Regulation takes seriously the charge to protect consumers and the environment through stringent regulation.