County Implementation and Oversight
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
- County agricultural commissioners, PDF (172 kb) and their duties
- County agricultural commissioner (CAC) directory, California Department of Food and Agriculture web page with addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites.
- County agricultural commissioner resources
- Enforcement Statistical Profile – Review county work plans, effectiveness evaluations, and statistics.
- Letters to county agricultural commissioners clarify policies and procedures.
- Restricted materials use requirements
Oversight of enforcement activities
- Cooperative agreement between the U.S. EPA, DPR, and the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA). (2005)
- Pesticide Use Enforcement Program Standards Compendium
- Planning and improvement
- Training resources for CACs
- 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 (479 kb) describes the penalty prescribed by law, depending upon the action taken. (2002)
- Forms – Inspection and other forms used by county staff
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Sacramento, CA 95812-4015