Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
This page provides a list of plant and pest permits available from the department's Division of Plant Industry. It includes application for inclusion to the noxious weed list, nursery and stock dealer import and export documents, import form for exotic organisms, non-native species planting permits and other department licenses and permits. If you aren't able to find the information you need, please call our helpline at 1-888-397-1517.
- Non-native Species Planting (previously known as biomass)
- Aquatic Plants
- Noxious Weeds
- Endangered or Commercially Exploited Plants
- Research and Education Plant Permits
For the import of exotic organisms (e.g., insects, spiders, scorpions, noxious weeds, plant pathogens and nematodes) into Florida from any other state or country, or movement of such arthropods within the state.
The purpose of the permitting process is to control the introduction into, or movement within, Florida of plant species intended for plantings and to establish procedures under which the field release of such are permitted.
It is unlawful to introduce, multiply, possess, move, or release any noxious weed or invasive plant regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the USDA except under permit issued by the department or USDA with concurrence by the department.
Anyone who imports exotic organisms (for example, insects, spiders, scorpions, noxious weeds, plant pathogens, and nematodes) into Florida from any other state or country, or who moves such exotic organisms within the state for any purpose needs a permit. This especially applies to anyone engaged in wholesale import or sale, or otherwise serving as a broker to any business in the retail pet or bait trade. Find more information about permitting here.
Some native Florida plants are protected and require a permit to harvest or collect. This page provides steps to determine if and how to apply for a permit.
Aquatic plants are considered nursery stock and have the same requirements for registration and inspection. Certain Florida aquatic plants are prohibited and are restricted in movement within the state or to other states.