Updates on the Development of a Statewide Pesticide Application Notification System

En Español

The 2021-2022 state budget allocated $10 million to Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to begin the development of a statewide system that provides information to the public about pesticides used around them.

The tool will advance environmental justice and further protect public health by providing transparent and equitable access to information in advance of pesticide applications occurring near where people live, work or play. That information will provide the public with the opportunity to make their own decisions about any additional precautions they may want to take to protect their health.

DPR, in partnership with County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs), is in the initial development phase of the statewide system and is incorporating critical input from community members, farmers and other stakeholders. DPR is launching a process for broad participation across California to collect input from the public to help inform the structure and design of the tool. More information on how to participate is included in the "How to Participate" section of this website.

Questions, feedback or comments can be submitted to DPR in writing via email at ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.


Last updated: December 17, 2021

A statewide notification system in development by the Department of Pesticide Regulation will provide communities with transparent and equitable access to information about pesticides applied around them, and provide an opportunity for people to make their own decisions about any additional precautions they may want to take to protect their health.

Communities where the most pesticides are used are more vulnerable and are more susceptible to health problems resulting from various sources of pollution. A statewide system to provide pesticide notification will advance environmental justice and further protect public health by providing transparent and equitable access to information in advance of pesticide applications occurring near where people live, work or play. That information will provide the public with the opportunity to make their own decisions about any additional precautions they may want to take to protect their health. Examples of additional precautions may include shutting windows, avoiding areas around the fields, keeping children inside or bringing in toys and laundry.

The development of the statewide notification project is funded by $10 million allocated to DPR in the 2021-2022 state budget. The Governor, CalEPA and DPR are taking bold steps to accelerate a transition to safer and more sustainable pest management practices and to provide transparent and equitable access to information that will advance DPR's mission to protect human health and the environment. This shift is critical to improving the health of all Californians and protecting our environment. With an additional $36.5 million allocated in the 2021-22 state budget, DPR is positioned to bolster existing scientific research and grant programs that promote safer, more sustainable pest management practices, enhance environmental monitoring activities, and continue to strengthen its enforcement and community engagement activities.

DPR has a robust pesticide regulatory system focused on the protection of public health and the environment. DPR's current regulatory structure provides for safe application of pesticides to ensure food supply stability and to address urban pest management issues. DPR and County Agricultural Commissioners work together to ensure compliance with pesticide laws and regulations, including operating strict enforcement programs, monitoring the use of restricted materials and fumigants, and penalizing illegal pesticide use.

DPR's current regulatory structure does not have a system in place that provides transparent, accessible, real-time information to the public in advance about pesticide applications occurring around them. A statewide system to provide notification in advance of pesticide applications will complement regulations that govern the safe application of pesticides.

DPR is launching a public process for broad participation across California to collect input on DPR's development of the statewide system to provide advance notice of pesticide applications as the department moves forward in developing the tool. The input gathered through previous focus groups and upcoming public webinars in November 2021 and workshops in early 2022 will inform the design of the system. DPR will use this input to write a regulation that requires advance notification of pesticide applications.

As part of the process to develop a statewide pesticide notification system, DPR is conducting a series of public webinars and workshops in November 2021 and early 2022, following earlier focus groups conducted in August 2021. The input gathered through previous focus groups and upcoming public webinars in November 2021 and workshops in early 2022 will inform the design of the system. DPR will use this input to write a regulation that requires advance notification of pesticide applications.

Please use the information below to participate in the public webinars and workshops or provide comments by email. Facilitation for these meetings is provided through a partnership with the California State University, Sacramento Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP).

Public Webinars: November 2 and 3, 2021

The statewide pesticide notification system is currently in the development stage and the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) encourages participation from the public to help inform the structure and design of the tool. DPR conducted virtual webinars on November 2 and 3 and asked for input from the public on Guiding Principles, PDF and Practical Considerations, PDF developed by DPR to inform the next steps in the design of a notification system. DPR is asking for feedback on these principles and practical considerations. DPR is extending the deadline for written comments from Nov. 19 to Dec. 6. Please submit comments to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov by December 6, 2021.

A recording from the November 2, 2021 webinar (English) and November 3, 2021 webinar (Spanish) available on DPR’s YouTube page. The interpreted webinar in Spanish or English available upon request.

The slides from DPR’s presentation, PDF.

Join Public Workshops: Dates TBA

DPR will be conducting a series of public workshops tentatively scheduled for early 2022. Please check this page regularly for more information regarding workshop timing and how to participate.

Please sign up to our email distribution list to receive notice when public workshops are scheduled.

Focus Group Feedback: August 2021

DPR hosted a series of focus groups in August 2021 for community residents and groups, regulatory agencies, growers, and regulated industries with the purpose of gathering insight for the development of the notification network. The meetings were designed as listening sessions for DPR to hear stakeholders’ thoughts and concerns about the benefits and challenges of a statewide pesticide notification system and to provide input on the design parameters. The focus groups were facilitated by neutral facilitators from the California State University, Sacramento Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP).

Summaries from the focus group discussions are available. (En Español, PDF)

When will the notification system launch?

The development of a statewide system will occur through 2022. This phase includes opportunities for the public to provide input on the tool’s scope and design, provide an opportunity for DPR to explore pilot projects in key communities across the state, determine the technology that will provide accessible, real-time information to the public, structure industry participation and develop the regulation to move the project forward. DPR anticipates the tool will launch in 2023-2024.

What is the status of DPR notification pilot projects?

DPR is working in partnership with several County Agricultural Commissioners to explore local pilot projects as part of the development of the statewide notification system. Any voluntary pilots will be narrowly focused and are intended to test the effectiveness of design elements to inform the implementation of the statewide notification system. More information will be available here in 2022 as pilot locations are confirmed.

What pesticides will be included in DPR’s statewide notification system?

At this stage in the development of the statewide notification system, DPR is gathering input on the scope of notification, but the system will include pesticides that are more likely to move from the site of application or that have greater potential for health impacts.

The input gathered through previous focus groups, public webinars in November 2021 and workshops planned for early 2022 will inform the design of the system. DPR will use this input to write a regulation that requires advance notification of pesticide applications.

How far in advance will notice be provided?

At this stage in the development of the statewide notification system, DPR is gathering input on the scope of notification, with opportunity for public input at webinars and workshops in 2021 and 2022.

The input gathered through previous focus groups, public webinars in November 2021 and workshops planned for early 2022 will inform the design of the system. DPR will use this input to write a regulation that requires advance notification of pesticide applications.

How and to whom will notice be provided?

The structure of the statewide system is currently in development, with opportunity for public input at webinars and workshops in 2021 and 2022.

input gathered through previous focus groups, public webinars in November 2021 and workshops planned for early 2022 will inform the design of the system. DPR will use this input to write a regulation that requires advance notification of pesticide applications.

Please sign up to our email distribution list to receive updates on the progress and development of the system DPR is developing to provide advance notification of pesticide applications.

To provide input in writing to DPR, please send an email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.


For content questions, contact:
Phone: 916-445-4300
E-mail: ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov