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Licensing and Registration

Who needs to obtain a fertilizer license?

Every fertilizer manufacturing facility located within the Commonwealth and each guarantor of the fertilizer must obtain a fertilizer license prior to manufacturing or distribution.

The license application fee is fifty dollars ($50) per facility and per guarantor.

The department may require the applicant to submit, along with the application, the label or labeling that is being used or intended for use with the fertilizer.

All licenses expire on June 30 of each year and must be renewed on or before July 1 in order to continue manufacturing or distributing in Pennsylvania.

Click here for Fertilizer License application or use the Forms navigation button. A search of facilities with an active Fertilizer License in Pennsylvania can be found by clicking here.

Which fertilizers must be registered?

Each brand and grade of specialty fertilizer are required to be registered by the guarantor before being offered for sale, sold, or distributed in Pennsylvania.

Each registration application must include the following:

    • Application fee of one hundred dollars ($100) per grade of each brand.
    • Labels for each grade and brand.
    • The brand and grade.
    • The guaranteed analysis.
    • The name and address of the guarantor.
    • The net weight.

All specialty fertilizer registrations expire on June 30 of each year and must be renewed on or before July 1 in order to continue distributing in Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Specialty Fertilization Registration application form or use the Forms navigation button.

Are there any additional fees?

There is a semi-annual inspection fee of 17 cents per ton of fertilizer distributed in Pennsylvania. This fee shall not be less than $25.

This fee is due on or before January 31 and July 31 of each year.

Are there any reporting requirements?

All guarantors must provide a semi-annual tonnage report along with the required inspection fee. The report must list by county the intended use and net tons of each brand and grade of fertilizer distributed in Pennsylvania for the covered period.

Click here for the Semi-annual Tonnage Form or click Forms on the side bar.