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Program Contact

Phil Calhoun
phil.calhoun@sfdph.org
Office: (415) 252-3862
Fax: (415) 252-3818

Pesticide Use Enforcement Program

The goal of the Pesticide Use Enforcement Program is to ensure the proper and safe application of pesticides by homeowners and industry in the City and County of San Francisco.

 

Principal Activities and Services

  • Issue restricted pesticide material permits.
  • Monitor pesticide applications for safety and environmental compliance.
  • Investigate pesticide related illnesses and complaints.
  • Enforces State and Federal laws and regulations governing pesticide use by pest control companies, agricultural operations and other pesticide handlers.
  • Inspect application equipment, pesticide storage sites, employee training documents and business use records.
  • Provide information to homeowners and industry on the appropriate use of pesticides.
  • Provide placement and servicing of insect traps to detect exotic pests such as Medfly, Gypsy Moth and Japanese Beetle.

 

Pest Control Operator (PCO) and Pest Control Advisor (PCA) Registrations

The San Francisco Pesticide Use Enforcement program processes several types of registrations and requirements of each are described below.

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include all required items as shown below and address to:

San Francisco Department of Public Health, EHB

Pesticide Use Enforcement Office

49 South Van Ness Ave., Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94103

Agricultural Pest Control Operator Registration -- Home Based

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Business Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid PCO Business License
  3. current/valid Qualified Applicator License (QAL)
  4. equipment list
  5. check or money order for $50 payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Agricultural Pest Control Operator Registration -- Out of County

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Business Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid PCO Business License
  3. current/valid imprinted PCO registration for from home county
  4. equipment list
  5. most recent home county Headquarter Employee Safety Records Inspection
  6. check or money order for $50 payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Maintenance Gardener Registration -- Home Based

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Business Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid PCO Maintenance Gardener Business License
  3. current/valid Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or QAL
  4. equipment list
  5. check or money order for $50 payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Maintenance Gardener Registration -- Out of County

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Business Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid PCO Maintenance Gardner Business License
  3. current/valid imprinted PCO MG registration form from home county
  4. equipment list
  5. most recent home county Headquarter Employee Safety Records Inspection
  6. check or money order for $50 payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Structural Branch 1 Pest Control Operator Registration -- Home Based & Out of County

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Structural Branch 1 Pest Control Operator Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. $25 check or money order payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health
  3. $10 fee is required for each amendment during the calendar year to add new operators, feild representatives, and qualifying managers to county registration. Amendments may be mailed - in person is not required.

Structural Branch 2/3 Pest Control Operator Registration -- Home Based & Out of County

We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Structural Branch 2/3 Pest Control Operator Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled outM
  2. $10 check or money order payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health
  3. $10 fee for each amendment during the calendar year to add new operators, field representatives, and qualifying managers to county registration. Mail in of amendment is OK- in person not required.

Pest Control Advisor Registration -- Home Based

Note that you must register in City and County of San Francisco before registering in any other counties.
We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Advisor Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid PCA License
  3. $10 check or money order payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health
The PUE Officer will most likely conduct a PCA audit as well as registration. This requires the registrant to bring in all recommendations made during the last calendar year.

 

Pest Control Advisor Registration -- Out of County

Note that you must register in your Home County before registering in any other counties.
We are currently only accepting mailed-in registration packets. Please include the following items in your registration packet:
  1. Pest Control Advisor Registration Form must be completely and accurately filled out
  2. current/valid imprinted PCA registration form from home county
  3. $5 check or money order payable to: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Pilots

  • There are no City and County of San Francisco based pilots
  • Mail current/valid imprinted Pilot Registration form issued by your Home County
  • Free registration

Operator Identification Numbers and Restricted Materials Permits

You may obtain an Operator Identification Number and/or Restricted Materials Permit by submitting a copy of pesticide specimen label(s) and a copy of your QAC or QAL certification cards to phil.calhoun@sfdph.org

 

 

 

 

Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding pesticide use, please call 311.

311 City Customer Service Agency - Service 24x7

San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch