County Implementation and Oversight

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The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is vested with primary authority through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to enforce federal and state laws pertaining to the proper and safe use of pesticides. DPR’s enforcement of pesticide use in the field is largely carried out in California’s 58 counties by County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs) and their staffs (approximately 400 inspector/biologists). DPR’s headquarters personnel, as well as field staff located in Anaheim, Fresno, and West Sacramento, provide training, coordination, technical, and legal support to the counties.

Implementation of enforcement activities

Oversight of enforcement activities

Related links

  • Enforcement authority
  • Citeable Sections, PDF (248 kb) - Pesticide laws and regulations a person may be cited for violating.
  • Enforcement actions taken by CACs including county administrative civil penalty actions.
  • Enforcement and Compliance Options Chart, PDF (52 kb) describes the penalty prescribed by law, depending upon the action taken.
  • Forms – Inspection and other forms used by county staff

For content questions contact:
Donna Marciano
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015