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Apply for a licence to sell poisons

In order to sell non-medicinal poison substances, you need a Poison Sales Registration. This is typically required by hardware shops.

Poisons that need to be registered:

  • Aldicarb
  • Alpha-chloralose
  • Ammonia
  • The following arsenic compounds - calcium arsenites, copper acetoarsenite, copper arsenates, copper arsenites, lead arsenates
  • The following salts of barium - barium carbonate, barium silicofluoride
  • Carbofuran
  • Cycloheximide
  • Dinitrocresols (DNOC), their compounds with a metal or a base
  • Dinoseb, its compounds with a metal or a base
  • Dinoterb
  • Drazoxolon and its salts
  • Endosulfan
  • Endothal and its salts
  • Endrin
  • Compounds of fentin
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydrofluoric acid, alkali metal bifluorides, ammonium bifluoride, alkali metal fluorides, ammonium fluoride, sodium silicofluoride
  • Mercuric chloride, mercuric iodide, organic compounds of mercury except compounds which contain a methyl (CH3) group directly linked to the mercury atom
  • Metallic oxalates
  • Methomyl
  • Nicotine and its salts and quaternary compounds
  • Nitric acid
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Oxamyl
  • Paraquat and its salts
  • Phenols (as defined in part I of the poisons list) in substances containing less than 60% weight in weight, of phenols and compound of phenols with a metal in substances containing less than the equivalent of 60% weight in weight, of phenols
  • Phosphoric acid
  • The following phosphorus compounds - azinphos-methyl, chlorfenvinphos, demphion, demeton-S-methyl sulphone, dialifos, dichlorvos, dioxathion, disulfoton, fonofos, mecarbam, mephosfolan, methidathion, mevinphos, omethoate, oxydemeton-methyl, parathion, phenkapton, phorate, phosphamidon, pirimiphos-ethyl, quinalphos, thiometon, thionazin, triazophos, vamidothion
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Sodium nitrite
  • Sulphuric acid
  • Thiofanox
  • Zinc phosphide

Apply for a Poison Sales Licence online

Alternatively, download a Poison Sales Licence Application Form (PDF)

How to pay

The fee for the first year is £31.72; thereafter, renewal costs £16.72. There is also a fee of £8.55 to update details of a registration.

Pay for a Poison Sales Registration online

Pay for a Poison Sales Renewal Registration online

Last updated: 20 January 2016. Was this information helpful?

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