Agricultural & Environmental Protection

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is seeking applications for their annual Carl Moyer Program (PDF) for projects that reduce air pollution.

  1. Pesticide Use Enforcement
  2. Pest Detection
  3. Pest Exclusion
  4. Pest Eradication
  5. Nursery Inspection
  6. Direct Marketing
  7. Organics
  8. Seed Inspection
  9. Retail Egg Inspection
  10. Crop Report

Pesticide Use Enforcement

California has one of the strongest pesticide regulation programs in the country. Although pesticide laws and regulations are established at the state and federal levels, the County Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for their local implementation. The legal definition of a pesticide includes:

  • Disinfectant
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Rodenticides

It includes laundry bleach as well as Roundup® herbicide.


The Pesticide Use Enforcement program ensures that pesticides are used in an appropriate and responsible manner that protects the environment, the public and applicators. County inspectors enforce laws and regulations pertaining to the use of all pesticides in agricultural, structural, right-of-way, landscape maintenance, and home use settings. Inspectors conduct field inspections of applications and pesticide storage as well as the records of pesticide dealers and employers with employees handling pesticides for compliance.

The Agricultural Commissioner has the authority to levy administrative civil fines for pesticide-related violations. Inspectors issue permits for the use of pesticides that are restricted, visit farms to ensure pesticides do not endanger workers, the public and nearby sensitive habitats and investigate complaints and reports of illnesses due to pesticides.