Updates on the Development of a Statewide Pesticide Application Notification System

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The 2021-2022 state budget allocated $10 million to the California 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 "Public Participation Opportunities and Resources" section of this website.

Questions, feedback, or comments about the notification system may be sent via email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov. Written feedback may also be sent to the following address:

DPR – Notification
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95814


Last updated: October 27, 2022

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 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. The input gathered 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.

Public Notification Workshops: November 7, 9 and 10

The department will hold three public workshops on Nov. 7, 9 and 10 to collect feedback and provide an update on the development of the statewide pesticide application notification system.

The workshops are designed to gather public feedback on the notification pilot projects in Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Ventura counties and the statewide notification system. DPR staff will answer questions and share planned next steps regarding the statewide notification system. Feedback received during the workshops will inform the continued development of the statewide system.

The UC Davis Center for Regional Change will facilitate all three workshops. Each workshop will be conducted in the same format. Spanish interpretation will be provided at all workshops and Mixteco interpretation will be provided at the Oxnard workshop. Registration is not required to attend.

The workshops are scheduled at the following times and locations:

In addition, the department invites the public to submit written feedback on the county-led notification pilot projects for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to incorporate into its independent evaluation of the pilot projects. The department requests feedback by Monday, November 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., via email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov or written mail to the following address:

DPR – Notification
1001 I St., P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95814

Workshop Materials

Public Notification Workshops: June 27, 28 and 29, 2022

DPR held three identical virtual public workshops in June 2022 to collect feedback to inform the next phase of design and development for the state’s pesticide application notification system. During the workshops, DPR provided an overview of the proposed design for the statewide notification system and an opportunity for the public to share input through facilitated breakout sessions. Resources and materials used during the public notification workshops may be accessed in the links below.

Workshop Resources:

Public Webinars: November 2 and 3, 2021

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 collected feedback on these principles and practical considerations at the webinars and during a public comment period following the webinars.

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.

A summary of the webinar is also available in English,PDF and Spanish, PDF.

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)

What is the purpose of the statewide pesticide application notification system?

The purpose of the notification system is to provide transparent and equitable access to information in advance of pesticide applications to enable the public to make informed decisions about additional precautions they may take to protect their health. The statewide notification system will complement existing pesticide laws and regulations that protect public health and the environment.

What pesticides will be included in the statewide notification system?

The proposed statewide system design would prioritize and provide notification for Restricted Material pesticides, which present higher potential risk to public health and environmental impacts than other pesticides.

The department partnered with four County Agricultural Commissioners to conduct pilot projects in communities within Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Ventura counties to test system design elements, help collect feedback from community members and inform the design and implementation of the statewide notification system. The Riverside pilot project has concluded. The four county-led pilot projects have or are providing notification for specific Restricted Material pesticides that may be included in the statewide system.

What are Restricted Material Pesticides?

Restricted Materials are pesticides that pose a higher potential risk to public health or the environment compared to other pesticides, and they may only be applied by licensed pesticide applicators.

During evaluation and reevaluation, the department classifies certain pesticide active ingredients that pose relatively greater risk to human health or the environment as Restricted Materials. Restricted Material pesticides have more limits on use and are subject to greater oversight by DPR and County Agricultural Commissioners (CAC) than other registered pesticides. They may be applied only by specially licensed applicators, require locally issued permits through the local CAC, and are subject to additional use conditions (for example, a larger buffer zone or additional restrictions such as the use of total impermeable film (TIF) tarps during and after application).

Following CAC approval of a permit application, a grower or applicator must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for CAC approval of a specific Restricted Material pesticide application. The NOI must list the intended date and time of the application The CAC reviews the NOI, approved permit, site, date, and current conditions for potential risks to people or the environment. The CAC may approve the NOI, deny the NOI or require additional measures to protect against identified risks. If the CAC approves the NOI, the grower or designated representative has four days to begin applying the Restricted Material.

Restricted Material permits are valid for a period of 1-3 years, which may vary by county and in length depending on the crops grown in that specific region.

More information on Restricted Materials regulated by DPR can be found at Restricted Materials Use Requirements (ca.gov).

What is a Notice of Intent?

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is a document submitted by a grower or designated representative to the local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) indicating the site and intended start date for a Restricted Material application. Restricted Materials are pesticides that pose a higher potential risk to public health or the environment compared to other pesticides, so they may only be applied by licensed pesticide applicators.

The NOI supplements a Restricted Material permit approved and issued by the local CAC. The grower or designated representative must submit an NOI at least 24 hours in advance of each application.

Once submitted, the CAC reviews the NOI, approved permit, site, date, and current conditions for potential risks to people or the environment. The CAC may approve the NOI, deny the NOI or require additional measures to protect against identified risks. If the CAC approves the NOI, the grower or designated representative has four days to begin applying the Restricted Material.

What is the process for submitting a Notice of Intent?

After obtaining the Restricted Material permit, the grower or designated representative must submit an NOI to the local CAC at least 24 hours in advance of the planned application. A Notice of Intent (NOI) is a document submitted by a grower or designated representative to the local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) indicating the site and intended start date for a Restricted Material application.

Once submitted, the CAC reviews the NOI, approved permit, site, date, and current conditions for potential risks to people or the environment. The CAC may approve the NOI, deny the NOI or require additional measures to protect against identified risks. If the CAC approves the NOI, the grower or designated representative has four days to begin applying the Restricted Material.

How will the statewide notification system indicate where an application will take place?

The proposed system design would pull location information from the NOIs submitted by growers or designated representatives as part of the permitting process for using Restricted Material pesticides. The location information submitted on NOIs is based on a statewide mapping grid system that displays the general area where the application will take place, down to a resolution of 1 square mile.

How much advance notice of a planned pesticide application will the system provide?

DPR is currently evaluating the amount of advance notice the system will be able feasibly to provide to maintain grower flexibility to respond to pest pressures and changing weather conditions and for County Agricultural Commissioner NOI review. The department is targeting a minimum of 24-hour advance notice.

How will the privacy of a user’s contact information be protected?

There are strict legal controls on how DPR gathers or may use personal information, including an individual’s name, physical address, email address, or telephone number. Additional information can be found in our department’s privacy policy.

The submission of personal information is not required to access the notification system. If users do not want to provide contact information to receive notifications, they may search for pesticide applications by entering a valid California address through the system’s search function.

What is the timeline for implementation of the statewide notification system?

DPR is in the process of evaluating and continuing to gather public input on the system design. Following public workshops in November 2022, the department will finalize the proposed system design and initiate a rulemaking process to outline proposed legal requirements for the system. The department anticipates beginning the rulemaking process in 2023 and implementing the statewide notification system in 2024.

As the development process for the statewide system is ongoing, DPR invites stakeholders and interested parties to submit their feedback through the following public participation opportunities, the Project.Notify@cdpr.ca.gov email address, and to the County Agricultural Commissioner offices who have or are participating in the four county-led pilot projects.

Please see below for a projected timeline on notification timelines and dates:

  • Feedback on pilot projects in Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Ventura, and counties accepted from now through November 11, 2022
  • Public workshops in November 2022
  • Public participation during rulemaking in 2023
  • Anticipated statewide system implementation in 2024

How does DPR regulate pesticides to protect the health of communities, workers, and the environment?

DPR's mission is to protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use and by fostering reduced-risk pest management strategies.

The health and safety of farmworker communities is a top priority for DPR. State Regulations 3 CCR 6700 are in place to protect farm workers and ensure health and safety for those working in the fields where pesticide applications occur. DPR’s Worker Health and Safety Branch oversees compliance with these regulations through its programs. The program provides training and outreach to increase education and awareness around safety for workers and fieldworkers, and staff monitor human health risks and develop mitigation measures to address any identified risks. Staff also monitor and track all reported illnesses associated with pesticide exposure to help inform future mitigation efforts.

DPR and County Agricultural Commissioners respond to pesticide incidents, complaints, and questions. Various methods, including email and telephone, are currently available to report pesticide incidents and concerns. DPR provides statewide oversight of CAC local enforcement.

CASPIR (California's System for Pesticide Incident Reporting) is a mobile app that provides a quick and easy way to anonymously report pesticide incidents in California from mobile phones and tablets.

When will proposed system design updates be available?

DPR will provide an updated proposed system design at the November 2022 workshops.

To continue receiving the latest information on the statewide notification system development, please sign up for our Notification Email List.

Where are the notification system pilot programs located?

County Agricultural Commissioners in Riverside, Stanislaus, Santa Cruz and Ventura volunteered for pilot programs to test system design elements, help collect feedback from community members and inform the design and implementation of the statewide notification system. The Riverside pilot project has concluded.

The department invites the public to submit written feedback on the county-led notification pilot projects for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to incorporate into their independent evaluation of the pilot projects. The department requests feedback from now through November 11, 2022, which may be submitted through the following channels:

  • Emailed feedback may be sent to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov
  • Written feedback may be sent to our mailing address:

    DPR – Notification
    1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
    Sacramento, CA 95814

How can I provide feedback on the statewide notification system?

DPR is in the development phase of the statewide system and is coordinating a process for broad participation across California to collect input from the public to help inform the structure and design of the tool. Feedback from community members, growers and other stakeholders has and will continue to inform the development of the statewide system.

Feedback, questions, or comments related to statewide notification can be submitted through the following channels:

  • Emailed feedback may be sent to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov
  • Written feedback may be sent to our mailing address:

    DPR – Notification
    1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
    Sacramento, CA 95814

The department is planning to hold in-person public notification workshops in November 2022 to provide an opportunity for interested parties to share further feedback on statewide notification and the existing county-led pilot projects in Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, and Ventura counties. These four counties volunteered to partner with DPR to launch pilot projects that support the development of a statewide pesticide application notification system.

An official announcement regarding the dates, times, and locations for each workshop will be made in early October.

Will the notification system be available in language(s) other than English?

The notification system will be available in Spanish and English at the time of implementation and will continue to prioritize providing equal access to all DPR programs and services to persons who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) in accordance with the Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act (Gov. Code, § 7290 et seq.). The department is also exploring the feasibility of including other languages.

How will the statewide notification system be enforced?

The state regulation DPR is developing will establish statewide requirements for the system’s implementation.

What funding has been provided to implement the statewide notification system?

The 2021-2022 California state budget allocated an initial $10 million for the development of the statewide notification system. Long-term costs will be evaluated as a part of the regulation development in consultation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis.

Are there any pesticide application notification requirements currently in place at a statewide level?

There are several types of notification currently required in California. DPR protects human health and the environment by fostering safer and sustainable pest management practices and operating a robust regulatory system to evaluate and register pesticides and monitor and regulate their sale and use across the state.

After a grower or property operator hires a pesticide applicator to perform a pesticide application, the applicator is required to notify the operator of the property when the pesticide application will take place. Notifications must be given orally or in writing and completed prior to the use of any pesticide, with ample time for all subsequent notifications to be made, and for all persons notified to take appropriate action. The operator of the property must notify employees, including fieldworkers and employees working on the operator's property, of the scheduled application.

State Regulations 3 CCR 6618, and 6761.1 require the operator of a property where any pesticide application will take place to notify workers of the application, as well as display pesticide application specific information to workers. The notice must be in a manner the person can understand and include: The date(s), start time(s), and estimated end time(s) of the scheduled application; the location and description of the field to be treated; the pesticide product name(s), U.S. EPA registration number(s), and active ingredient(s); spray adjuvant product name(s) and California registration number(s), if applicable; the applicable restricted entry interval; if the pesticide product labeling requires the posting of treated fields, oral notification, or both; and any other precautions printed on the pesticide product labeling, or included in applicable laws and regulations, related to the protection of employees or other persons during or after application.

State regulations also include a notification program that requires information sharing and specific restrictions on pesticide use within a quarter mile of a school or childcare center. More information on Addressing Pesticide Applications Near Schools and Child Care Facilities available on DPR’s website.

How does DPR conduct regulatory oversight?

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation protects human health and the environment by fostering safer and sustainable pest management practices and operating a robust regulatory system to evaluate and register pesticides and monitor and regulate their sale and use across the state.

DPR’s work includes conducting scientific evaluations of pesticides to assess and mitigate potential harm to human health and the environment prior to and following registration, registering all pesticides prior to sale or use in California, monitoring for pesticides in the air and water, and enforcing pesticide laws and regulations in coordination with 55 County Agricultural Commissioners and their combined 400 field inspectors across the state’s 58 counties. DPR invests in innovative research, outreach, and education to encourage the development and adoption of integrated pest management tools and practices and conducts outreach to ensure pesticide workers, farmworkers and local communities have access to pesticide safety information.

How can the public learn about past pesticide applications?

DPR provides a full report of agricultural pesticide use across the state. Under the department’s Pesticide Use Reporting program, all agricultural pesticide use must be reported monthly to County Agricultural Commissioners, who in turn, report the data to DPR. Reports can be found at Pesticide Use Reporting (ca.gov) on the DPR website.

Please sign up for 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.

Questions, feedback, or comments about the notification system may be sent via email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov. Written feedback may also be sent to the following address:

DPR – Notification
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95814


Notification Pilot Projects

County Agricultural Commissioners in Riverside, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Ventura counties volunteered to partner with DPR to launch pilot projects to support the development of a statewide pesticide application notification system. The county-led pilot projects were launched between February and July 2022 and will help inform the design and implementation of the state’s statewide notification system.

The county-based pilot projects are testing certain elements of the notification system to inform the development of the statewide system. DPR provided participating Commissioners draft guiding principles and practical considerations to inform the development of the pilot notification projects.

The pilot projects provide an opportunity for community members and industry groups to contribute feedback to help inform DPR’s development of the statewide notification system. The participating counties will collect input on the pilot program implementation and share that input with DPR.

The participating counties will collect input on the pilot program implementation and share that input with DPR.
County Notification Pilot Location Launch Date Additional Information
Riverside County Eastern Coachella Valley Completed Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Santa Cruz County Senior Village Community, Watsonville July 2022 Santa Cruz County Pilot Pesticide Notification System – Senior Village Community
Stanislaus County Grayson Community April 2022 Stanislaus County Pilot Pesticide Notification System - Grayson Community
Ventura County Nyeland Acres Community May 2022 Ventura County Pilot Pesticide Notification System – Nyeland Acres Community

If you have questions or feedback regarding the pilot projects, please contact the County Agricultural Commissioners in Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Riverside and Ventura counties.



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