Pest Control Business License
- Do you need this license?
- Basic licensing requirements
- Once you've become licensed
- Licensing, renewal, and other fees
- General information
Do you need this license?
If you are a person or business who performs pest control for hire including, but not limited to, advertising, soliciting or operating as a pest control business, you must possess a pest control business license. This includes both principle and branch locations. Pest control business types include:
- Ground, aquatic and/or aerial pest control applications businesses
- Farm management or golf course management companies when their service includes pest control
- Packing houses, shippers, storage facilities, and other processors who treat agricultural commodities owned by another person or firm (does not include cooperatives)
- Companies who perform pest control on rights-of-way.
Basic licensing requirements
A pest control business license is obtained by submitting an application, the following supporting business information and documents, and the appropriate fee. The following criteria must be met prior to issuance of a license:
- Qualified Person: You must have at least one person in a supervisory position who holds a valid qualified applicator license (QAL) with the appropriate categories [Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) section 11701.5] at each principle and branch location.
- Financial Responsibility Requirement [FAC section
11701(c)(2) and 3 California Code of Regulations
(3CCR) section 6524]: The requirement can be met
by any of the options listed below. See Financial
Responsibility Options Chart for more detailed information.
- Certificate of Insurance Requirement, PR-PML-0173
- Certificate of Insurance, PR-PML-052
- Acord Certificate of Liability Insurance form from your insurance company stating that it meets and complies with 3CCR section 6524 requirements.
- Documents are required to verify the name and
type of business [FAC section 11702(a)]:
- "Fictitious Business Name Statement" from the County Clerk's or County Recorder's Office. This applies to any business operating under a fictitious name. DPR requires a copy of the fictitious business name statement that was filed with the County Clerk's or County Recorder's Office.
- "Certificate of Good Standing" document from the California Secretary of State's Office [FAC section 11702(a)]. This applies to any domestic or foreign corporation operating in California. The corporation must be registered with the California Secretary of State's Office. DPR requires a copy of the certificate. See the Secretary of State's web site for registration information.
- Worker's Compensation Insurance: Each applicant, who is an employer as defined in Section 3300 of the Labor Code, is required to carry worker's compensation insurance. Please state the carrier's name, policy number, and the expiration date of policy on the application where indicated. If your business has no employees, write "note applicable".
Once you've become licensed
- Retain pest control application notification records for two years
- Retain records of pesticide use for two years
- Submit pesticide use reports to the county agricultural commissioner's office in the county where the application was made
- Have valid permits for restricted materials used
- Retain agricultural pest control adviser written recommendations for one year
- Have a person who holds a valid journeyman pest control aircraft certificate if the business performs pest control using an aircraft and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operating certificate required to operate as a commercial agricultural aircraft operator
Before you conduct any work, you must register the pest control business license with the county agricultural commissioner's office in each county in which your business intends to perform pest control. Most counties require a fee for registration. Registration is required annually and covers one calendar year.
To register the business license, the individual who possesses the QAL card must present the following items to the county agricultural commissioner's office for processing:
- Pest Control Business License
- QAL card with appropriate pest control category(ies)
- Inventory of pest control equipment including number and kind of equipment.
Licensing, renewal, and other fees
If you are applying for a pest control business license, the fee is $160.00 per calendar year (3CCR section 6502), plus $80.00 per branch office location. The license fee is based on the licensing cycle provided below. For example, if the business applied for a license under the name "Plum Corporation" in January 2004, it would expire on December 31, 2005 and the fee for the license would be $320.00. "Cools Pest Control" would expire on December 31, 2004 and the fee for the license would be $160.00. Note: The pest control business license will not be issued unless the business has a qualified person and meets the business and the financial responsibility requirements as indicated in the "Basic Licensing Requirements".
- The license of businesses with names beginning with A through L expire on December 31 of even-numbered years (i.e., 2004, 2006, 2008, etc.)
- The license of businesses with names beginning with M through Z expire on December 31 of odd-numbered years (i.e., 2005, 2007, 2009, etc.)
License renewal fees
The license renewal fee is $160 per calendar year, to be paid to DPR every two (2) years for a total cost of $320 (3CCR section 6502). The branch fee per calendar year is $80.00, to be paid every two years for a total of $160.00. The two-year license renewal fee is not prorated if the license is renewed late. Note: The pest control business license will not be issued unless the business has a qualified person and meets the business and the financial responsibility requirements as indicated in the "Basic Licensing Requirements".
Late renewal fee
A late fee of fifty percent (50%) of the total renewal fee will be assessed for each license postmarked after December 31 of the expiration year.
Name/address change and duplicate/replacement fees
A fee of $20 is required for name changes, as well as requests for a duplicate or replacement license. DPR will not issue a new business license when an address change is received unless requested by the qualified person and accompanied by the $20 fee. A maximum fee of $20 is required for all name and/or address changes or requests for a duplicate or replacement license when submitted on a single application form.
Every person to whom a license is issued must immediately notify the Licensing and Certification Office in writing of any name and/or address change (3CCR section 6508).
- Legal documents certifying the name change are required in order to make a name change. A new license will be automatically issued for all name changes..
- The change of name and/or address requirement form is available on DPR's website at or by calling (916) 445-4038. A $20 fee for an address change is only required when the licensee requests a new license.
Timelines for processing applications
DPR has established time periods for processing permit applications, in compliance with Government Code sections 15374-15378. DPR may take up to 100 days to complete the processing of this application. Failure to comply with these time periods may be appealed to the Agency Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 2815, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814, pursuant to regulations set forth in 3CCR section 301. Under certain circumstances, the Agency Secretary may order that the applicant receive a reimbursement of filing fees.
A new license may be issued for a maximum of two years. The license duration is dependent on the date the license was issued and the renewal cycle. Each renewed license is valid for two (2) years unless renewed late.
The most common mistakes and how to avoid them
The most common application errors made are incorrect fees, no insurance documents or the insurance documents submitted do not meet our requirements, business type information is not provided, or a qualified person is not listed. You can avoid these errors by reading the application instructions carefully and mailing your application to DPR on or before the expiration date of the license. If you have questions regarding any information, call for assistance.
DPR Licensing and Certification location
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Pest Management and Licensing Branch
Licensing and Certification Program
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2828
Phone: (916) 445-4038