Restricted chemical product permits

Page last updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - 10:15am

Permits are required for landholders to possess and use registered S7 pesticides such as 1080, PAPP or strychnine products for vertebrate animal control on leasehold or freehold land.

Why is a permit needed?

Use of 1080, PAPP and strychnine is restricted by law and confined to certain areas of the state.

Before using 1080, PAPP or strychnine you need to complete appropriate training, ensure you comply with relevant Acts, Regulations and Legislation, and must apply for and obtain the appropriate permit(s) to purchase and use these chemicals.

Minimum requirements for permit application forms

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • All users have completed and passed the online restricted chemical product training.
  • Your property must be greater than 10 hectares or 25 acres.
  • Baiting must be a minimum of 150m from any dwelling.
  • Your property must be located outside an urban zone.
  • Your property must be outside a town water catchment area.
  • The restricted chemicals (1080, PAPP or strychnine) must be able to be safely stored and locked in a cabinet.

Landholder training

Any person wishing to use a retricted chemical product must complete the appropriate training. An online course is available through DPIRD's external Moodle site. Any person needing to complete the course may self-enrol and a tipsheet is available in the documents to the right of this page if extra assistance is required.

RCP permit application forms

To obtain a permit you must demonstrate to your Biosecurity Officer that you understand and can carry out your responsibilities safely, and that your proposed use does not place non-target species at risk.

Forms for 1080 and strychnine can be found in the right column of this page and below.

Where to send your completed permit application form/s

Permit application forms are now processed centrally by an Authorised Officer. Permit applications can be sent directly to:

  • Email: RCP.Applications@agric.wa.gov.au
  • Fax: 9474 2405
  • Mail: RCP Applications, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Invasive Species Sort Bin 18, 3 Baron-Hay Court, KENSINGTON WA 6151.

Note: permit applications lodged at regional offices will be forwarded via email to the central Authorised Officer for processing.

Further details on bait and poison products can be found in the Bait and poison directory for vertebrate pests in Western Australia.

New charges for 2019-20

From 1 July 2019, a fee of $83.50 (GST inclusive) will apply for assessment and processing of a chemical product (RCP) permit application. A fee of $41.75 will apply for permit amendments.

A permit may be granted for a period of up to five years, providing the circumstances that prevailed when the risk assessment was undertaken remain unchanged. An assessment will be conducted on each property and factors such as the frequency of land use changes and potential subdivision in the region will be taken into consideration when assessing the length and other aspects of the permit.

Landholders in peri-urban areas will not be granted a five year permit.

A fee of $41.75 (GST inclusive) will apply for permit amendments for 1080, PAPP and strychnine. Amendments apply to changes to nominated retailer, receiver, layer, and baiting dates. For changes to the applicant, target species, adding a new poison or extension to the permit, the permit must be cancelled and a new permit issued.

Processing the permit application will take approximately 10 working days from the date payment is received. Permit applications should be lodged well in advance of the date they are likely to be needed (eg. for lambing).

Permit application forms must be submitted PRIOR to payment. Once submitted an invoice will be issued, and applications will be processed once payment has been received.

Note: payments made by cheque may take up to two weeks to clear which will delay the processing of the application.

A copy of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Services, fees and charges for 2019-20 is available for download from this page.

Further reading

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080