Applying for a hazardous area distribution permit
All applications of restricted herbicides in hazardous areas other than use by an authorised technique require a distribution permit.
A distribution permit is issued to a licensed ground distribution contractor or aerial distribution contractor. It permits ground or aerial distribution (application) of certain restricted herbicides in a hazardous area by licensed commercial operators or licensed pilots in command of aircraft. A distribution permit has conditions attached that take into account how susceptible crops are to the herbicide being used. The permit provides some protection for crops when these herbicides are applied in their vicinity.
Landholder rights in a hazardous area
In declared hazardous areas, landholders can only use a restricted herbicide on their own (or a relative's) property if:
- they use an authorised technique
- they or their farming business are licensed ground distribution contractors and they hold a commercial operator's licence as well as the distribution permit.
As a landholder, if you are licensed, you would need to apply for a distribution permit. Permit applications take several weeks to be finalised because of the detailed evaluation required before the permit is issued. It may be a simpler solution to use an alternative herbicide that may be applied in a hazardous area without licences and a distribution permit.
How to apply for a distribution permit
To enquire about applying for a distribution permit, a licensed ground or aerial distribution contractor should contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23. The enquiry will be passed to a specialist officer in Biosecurity Queensland who will discuss options with the contractor and provide an application form.
After Biosecurity Queensland receives the application, an inspector may assess the area to be treated with the restricted herbicide and evaluate the possible impact of the spray activity before recommending the permit be granted. The permit confines herbicide distribution to specific individuals, time periods, weather conditions, spraying limitations and herbicide(s) that can be used.