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Commercial Vendor Requirements

The information below summarizes regulatory requirements for the retail sale of federally classified Restricted and Commercial pesticides (classified in Alberta as Schedule 1 and 2 pesticides). This information is not applicable to federally classified Domestic pesticides (classified in Alberta as Schedule 3 and 4 pesticides).

What authorizations are required to sell pesticides in Alberta?

Commercial Retail Vendor Requirements

Any operation that sells federally classed "Restricted" or "Commercial" (Schedule 1 and 2) class pesticides at retail in Alberta is required to hold the following at each outlet location:

  • Pesticide Retail Vendor Registration OR
  • valid Agrichemical Warehouse Standards Association (AWSA) Certificate of Compliance


  • employ at least one Commercial Pesticide Dispenser Certificate holder (or certified Pesticide Applicator)
  • ensure a dispenser or dispenser assistant* is working at the outlet at all times that the outlet is open for business.

*When a dispenser is temporarily away from the outlet, a dispenser assistant can authorize the sale of pesticides.

NOTE: vendor registration is immediately suspended when a dispenser or applicator is not employed at the outlet and automatically re-instated when the outlet has one.

The holder of a Pesticide Retail Vendor Registration or AWSA Certificate of Compliance is responsible for ensuring that:

  • pesticides are stored in accordance to with the regulations or in the case of AWSA, the requirements for storage by the Agrichemical Warehouse Standards Association;
  • pesticide emergencies are reported (1 800 222-6514) and cleaned up appropriately;
  • pesticides are only sold to authorized persons; and
  • records of pesticide sales are maintained.

For further information see:

In situations where the operation sells pesticides and provides a pesticide application service, the operation must hold both a Pesticide Vendor Registration and Service Registration and must:

  • employ a certified pesticide applicator OR
  • hire a third party contractor and ensure they hold a valid and appropriate service registration and that they employ the appropriate class of certified applicators

NOTE: Provisions for training of a Pesticide Dispenser Assistant have been included in the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides to assist dispensers to ensure that appropriate sales and storage requirements continue to be administered when they are not available on site.

An operation that only sells a Restricted or Commercial class pesticide at retail that is registered for use on livestock or farm buildings (bedding, corrals, barns, pens, stables and other livestock enclosures) is exempt from the vendor and dispenser requirement. These pesticides are classified in Alberta as Schedule 4 pesticides (exempt). The Registered Pesticide Product Listing identifies all Schedule 4 pesticides.

Note: Vendors must review all labels of products sold to ensure no certification statements are present. Where a label has a certification statement, then it is classified as a Schedule 2 pesticide and a vendor registration is required.

Commercial Wholesale Vendor Requirements

Pesticide vendors selling federal classes of Restricted, Commercial or Domestic class pesticides (Schedule 1 and 2) at wholesale to another wholesale vendor or to a retail vendor must hold a Wholesale Vendor Registration. Further information on the requirements and application form for vendors can be viewed at:

Commercial Vendor Pesticide Storage Requirements

To reduce the risk of pesticides contaminating the environment, vendors must store Restricted and Commercial Class pesticides (Schedule 1 and 2) in accordance to the regulations. For further information, the Pesticide Storage Regulatory Requirements and Guidelines (Schedule 1 & 2) document is a summary of the regulatory requirements and operational guidelines for the safe display, storage and handling of pesticides and the management of pesticide releases is available:

Details of the pesticide storage regulations are included in the Pesticide Sales, Handling, Use and Application Regulation, which can be found at:

Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) has implemented its own industry storage requirements. Most major suppliers of commercial herbicides, insecticides and fungicides will be subject to these requirements.

Commercial Retail and Wholesale Vendor Emergency Response Requirements

Holders of both Retail and Wholesale Pesticide Vendor Registrations must ensure pesticide related emergencies are responded to in an appropriate manner by ensuring that:

  • persons responsible for the storage or display areas are knowledgeable in spill clean-up and fire response procedures;
  • emergency response equipment is available where pesticides are sold, stored or displayed;
  • Safety Data Sheets and copies of the pesticide labels for each pesticide in storage and emergency telephone numbers are accessible; and
  • pesticide spills that result in a release beyond the outlet (including odours) are reported to Alberta Environment and Parks within 24 hours (1 800 222-6514).

For more information on chemical release reporting requirements, see the Release Reporting Guideline published by the department.

Commercial Retail and Wholesale Vendor Purchaser Restrictions

Commercial Retail Vendor Requirements

Ensuring that pesticides are sold only to qualified users and providing product information are important retail vendor responsibilities. A retail vendor may only sell Restricted and Commercial class (Schedule 1 and 2) pesticides to:

  • the holder of a valid Pesticide Service Registration
  • a certified Pesticide Applicator
  • a Commercial Agriculturalist (farmer) when they are applying pesticides on their own land (or land they rent or lease)
  • a rural acreage owner and a hobby greenhouse operator providing the pesticide and purposes are listed in Section 17 of the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides published by the Department. More information regarding sales to rural acreage owners or hobby greenhouse operators see:

More information on pesticides that can be sold are included in the Registered Pesticide Product Listing.

Commercial Wholesale Vendor Requirements

A wholesale vendor can only sell Restricted and Commercial class (Schedule 1 or 2) pesticides to holders of:

  • Wholesale Pesticide Vendor Registration,
  • Retail Pesticide Vendor Registration, or
  • Agrichemical Warehouse Association (AWSA) certificate.

Commercial Retail and Wholesale Record Keeping Requirements

Commercial Retail Vendor Requirements

Retail vendors must record each Restricted and Commercial Class (Schedule 1 and 2) pesticide sale and retain these records for a period of five years. Each record must include the following information:

  • name and mailing address of the purchaser
  • product name (including the Pest Control Products Registration number) and total quantity sold
  • date of sale
  • purchaser's Service Registration number and expiry date or Applicator Certificate number and expiry date.
  • where the purchaser is a Commercial Agriculturalist or an acreage owner, the purchaser's legal land location and other means of confirmation that the individual is a bonafide farmer.
  • Where the label requires everyone to be certified, then:
    • Commercial Agriculturalists must provide their Farmer Pesticide Certificate number and expiry date
    • acreage owners must provide their Rural Acreage Owner Certificate number and expiry date.

Commercial Wholesale Vendor Requirements

Wholesale vendors must record each Schedule 1 or 2 pesticide sale, hold these records for five years and submit summaries to Alberta Environment and Parks on request. Each record must include:

  • name and address of purchaser
  • wholesale Pesticide Vendor Registration number and expiry date of the purchaser
  • retail Pesticide Vendor Registration and expiry date or AWSA certificate number of purchaser
  • name, certification number and expiry date of commercial dispenser at retail vendor outlet
  • product name (including the Pest Control Products Registration number) and quantity of pesticide(s) sold
  • date of sale


For further details on pesticide sales regulations, please refer to:


Questions concerning pesticide Vendor Registration or any other pesticide regulatory requirement can be directed to the nearest regional office:

Questions regarding Commercial Pesticide Dispenser requirements can be directed to Lakeland College at:

  • Tel: 1 866 853-8646


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Updated: Sep 24, 2018