The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the county agricultural commissioners take administrative enforcement actions for different types of violations:
- DPR can revoke or suspend the license of companies and individuals that do pest control work, sell pesticides, or advise on pest control in California.
- DPR can levy administrative penalties on companies and individuals who sell unregistered or misbranded pesticide products, fail to pay required fees on pesticide sales, or pack and sell produce with illegal pesticide residue.
- The county agricultural commissioner’s office, as the primary county agency who enforces pesticide use laws and regulations, can levy administrative penalties for those violations. They also have the authority to revoke or suspend the registration of companies and individuals who do business in their counties.
DPR can also take civil court enforcement actions through the California Attorney General’s Office for any violation of pesticide laws. DPR and commissioners can also refer pesticide use violations for criminal prosecution.
County administrative penalty actions - Administrative actions are taken by county agricultural commissioners and include: agricultural and structural civil penalties, and suspension or revocation of county registrations, private applicator certificates, and restricted materials permits.
Fines in administrative actions - Administrative actions are taken by DPR and include: sales of unregistered and misbranded pesticides, failure to pay mill assessment, and sales of produce with illegal residue.
DPR court actions are enforcement actions taken directly in court by the California Attorney General’s Office at DPR’s request, or settlements in lieu of such actions.
For content questions, contact:
Polly Frenkel, Chief Counsel
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 324-2666