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Quarantine and Permit Program FAQ​

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Quarantine Compliance FAQs 


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​Do residents need to comply with the quarantine order?

​Does my business need a permit?

​Do I need to obtain a separate permit for each state with a Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) quarantine?

​I own an out of state company, but I do business in the PA quarantine zone. Do I need a permit?

​My business is not agricultural. Do I need a permit?

​My business drives through the PA quarantine zone but does not stop. Do I need a permit?

​Are school buses in the quarantine zone required to have a permit? What if they are only entering the quarantine zone for field trips, sporting events, etc.?

​Do Emergency Responders need permits?

​If I only travel within one quarantined county, do I need a permit?

​Do I need a permit if my business does not ship anything, but we receive goods originating in areas with SLF from third-party carriers?

​We manufacture goods within the quarantine and contract motor freight carriers to distribute within and outside the quarantine. Do we need a permit?

​Do automotive dealerships located within the quarantine need to obtain a permit? Does each vehicle on the lot need a permit?

​Who do I contact for permit program and compliance information?

​Do loggers and timber haulers need permits?





Permit Course & Employee Training FAQs

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​I am having problems with the Penn State Online permit course. Who can help me?

​I will be taking the course online myself along with other instructors. How should we register the number of company-owned vehicles?  

​Am I able to provide this training for other businesses affected by the quarantine of which I am not an employee?

​What are the employee training requirements?






Permits FAQs

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​Which types of vehicles need a permit?

​What types of permits are available? Where on/in the vehicle is the permit required to be placed?

​How do I obtain additional or replacement permits?

​I completed permit training. How do I get the permits for my vehicles?

​If I own more than one business, do I need to complete the permit course multiple times?





Permit Renewal FAQs

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​Is there a renewal requirement?

​Is there a re-training requirement?

​How do I update business or permit holder information?





Recordkeeping & Inspections FAQs

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​What are the recordkeeping requirements?

​Does PDA have a specific format for vehicle inspections?

​Where should the records be stored?

​When do we need to conduct inspections?

​If I only travel within one quarantined county, do I need to conduct SLF inspections?

​Are inspections required in winter?




Compliance & Enforcement FAQs

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​What is a compliance inspection? 

​Who is doing the compliance inspections, and what are they looking for?

​Where will inspections occur for the SLF permit?

​How often will shipments/trucks be stopped?

​Who will be stopped for SLF permit verification?

​How long can a driver expect the inspection process to take, if they are stopped?

​What kind of questions a driver will be asked?

​If an inspector finds SLF in my shipment, what happens?

​Would a manufacturer’s permit cover a carrier that does not have a permit but is keeping a log?

​If a trucking company has a permit, does the manufacturer that hires them also need a permit?

​Would the carrier company be covered by a manufacturer’s permit as long as they included their company name/permit number on the bill of lading?

​Should a carrier refuse to carry goods from a manufacturer that does not have a permit?

​Will there be fines assessed for SLF hitch hikers that have landed on my vehicle while driving?

​Who would be at fault if a carrier had SLF in their cargo if both parties did their best to check before moving the cargo?

​When is the deadline for me to have the permit?

​What if my business is found to be non-compliant?

​What are the fines associated for non-compliance?




Notifications FAQs

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​How was I notified about the quarantine order?

​If the quarantine is expanded, when will an announcement occur? How much time will businesses located in the newly quarantined areas be given to secure a certificate and train their employees?

​Where can I find additional business resouces?





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Updated March 2021