University of Florida

Plant Protection Laws

You probably know that Florida's natural environment faces serious threats from invasive species and introduced diseases and pests. But you may not realize that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has regulations in place to help protect our ecosystems and economy.

If you move to Florida or return to the state from a trip with plants in your belongings, they should be accompanied by a certificate of inspection from the state of origin.

It's illegal to bring any citrus trees or their parts into Florida unless you have obtained a special permit from the department, but you can bring citrus fruit. Many other plants, such as sugarcane, dogwood, and oak trees can harbor harmful pests and diseases, and their import is especially regulated. Protect our state by knowing what laws apply to you.

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