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How to Request an Exclusion or Opt out from Wide Area Pesticide Applications

Exclusion requests may be submitted at any time during the year and will go into effect 14 days from the date the request is made. All requests will expire December 31st in the calendar year in which they are received.

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  • Address
  • And/or Parcel Identification Number

333 CMR allows for private property owners or tenants to request an exclusion from wide area pesticide applications.

M.G.L. c. 252, Section 2A allows for property owners to “opt out” to be excluded from aerial spraying and wide area emergency spraying. 

Please note that exclusions/opt out requests will not be honored if: 

  • The Commissioner of Public Health has certified that the application is to be made to protect the Public Health;
  • The Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation has certified that the application is necessary to contain an infestation of a recently introduced pest; or
  • The Commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources has certified that the application is necessary to contain an infestation of a pest which is a significant threat to agriculture.

How to request How to Request an Exclusion or Opt out from Wide Area Pesticide Applications

You must submit a form using our online service or mailing in a copy of the form. 

Submit form online. 

Mail completed form to:

Taryn LaScola
Department of Agricultural Resources, Suite 500
251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114

You can download a printable version of the form in the "Downloads" section below. 

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Approved Exclusion Marking Methods:

White plastic or aluminum pie plates, a minimum of 9 inches in diameter, with the words "No Spray" clearly written in permanent marker. Plates must be placed on trees, stakes, or poles easily visible from the street, at least every 50 feet along the property boundary adjacent to the road and no more than 5 feet from the road.

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