Pesticide Use Enforcement

Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Rachel Garewal

The Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws and regulations of the pesticide use enforcement program and for issuing permits for all Restricted Use Materials and Operator Identification Numbers to agricultural pesticide applicators. Growers of crops onto which restricted pesticides are to be applied are required to obtain a user permit which defines the manner, method, and approximate time of the proposed application.

All agricultural and commercial pesticide applications are randomly monitored to ensure that pesticides are handled in an environmentally safe manner and that pesticide handlers, field workers, and the community are protected. In addition, any illness or complaint of exposure resulting from pesticide use is investigated and reported to the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

PUE Office Hours

Main Office
Monday thru Friday
8am - 12pm, 1pm - 5pm

Brawley Office
Monday thru Thursday
1pm - 2pm

Winterhaven Office
Last Tuesday of each month
1pm - 2pm

PAC Exam Hours

Private Applicator Exams are offered Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please call our office to reserve your time slot to take the exam.

PAC Application