The Department of Plant Industry (DPI) strives to prevent the introduction of new plant pests into South Carolina, as well as the spread of existing plant pests to noninfested locations through inspections, plant pest surveys, quarantines, and control and eradication programs. Movement of nursery stock is regulated by every state and foreign country. Under South Carolina law, any person engaged in the production or collection of nursery stock for sale or distribution must be a licensed nurserymen.There are two categories of nursery licenses in South Carolina: Nursery Grower and Nursery Dealer.
- A Nursery Growers Certificate is for any place where nursery stock is grown for sale.
- A Nursery Dealer Certificate is for any person, not a grower of nursery stock, who buys certified nursery stock for resale.
For more information on the South Carolina Nursery and Dealer Licensing Program, please contact the Department of Plant Industry at (864) 646-2140 or follow this link to submit your question through our contact form.