Dept. of Ag requiring permits with Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

January 17, 2019 1:29 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture is stepping up its efforts to combat the Spotted Lanternfly and its destructive capabilities. Beginning in May of 2019, all commercial vehicles conducting any business within the quarantined area will be required to have permits.

The permits replace the compliance system that was previously in place and is designed to be easier for organizations to acquiesce as well as easier for the state to enforce.

The quarantined area is made up of 13 counties in the southeastern part of the commonwealth. The affected counties are Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

The Ag Dept. and the PA State Police will be partnering this summer to set up check points to ensure proper permits are on board trucks operating in the quarantine area. Failure to present the proper permit may result in citations and fines.

The permits are free to obtain. An owner, manager, supervisor or other designated employee must complete the online course (accessible here extension.psu.edu/slf-permit) and then disseminate that information to all drivers. After the online course is passed, a printable certificate will be available and that will suffice as a permit until the physical stickers or window hangs arrive in the mail. The shipping process may take two to three weeks.

Organizations may request as many permits as they need once the online course is passed.

Contact slfpermit@pa.gov with any questions.



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