Forms, Information, and Useful Links

Apiary Laws and Regulations

A list with links to Tulare County Ordinances, Ca DPR Regulations and CDFA Laws pertaining to bees, apiaries, and honey.

December 19, 2011
Apiary Locations Request Form for Seedless Mandarin Growers

Seedless Mandarin Growers may use this form to request location information for any apiaries located within two (2) miles of your registered seedless mandarins.  Location information will only be provided on apiaries whose owner/operator has waived their right to confidentiality.  There may be other apiaries within 2 miles, however, if the beekeeper has not waived his/her right to confidentiality then we cannot provide you with their information.

Apiary Registration Form

Tulare County Apiary Registration Form, including a summary of County Ordinances.

Bee and Beehive / Apiary Information from CDFA

Link to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) where beekeepers can find information sources and contacts regarding bringing bees into California, Imported Fire Ants, good management practices, etc.

Bee Clearance Information

Online form to be used to submit requests for a Bee Clearance prior to applying pesticides toxic to bees on any site which has blooming plants (including weeds!).  Please complete all information. Include direction and distance from each Avenue and Road (as on your permit), then submit the completed form to the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Pesticide Division.  We will check for registered apiaries Pinned within one mile of your planned application site and send the form back to you.  It is the applicator's / grower's responsibility to contact the beekeepers 48 hours prior to the proposed application time.  Please contact the Pesticide Division if you have any questions 559-684-3352

Bee Regulations - Summary of Tulare County Ordinances

Summary of Tulare County Bee Regulations and Department of Food and Ag Apiary Laws. 

December 6, 2011
CalAgPermits - Pesticide Permit System, log in page

Link to the CalAgPermits System log in page.  CalAgPermits is the Statewide Pesticide Permitting Program.  Past RMMSWeb users will need to contact our office for a new temporary password before logging in to CalAgPermits.  Notices of Intent and Pesticide Use Reports can be submitted electronically through CalAgPermits.

California Restricted Materials Requirements (English)

Information from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation regarding which pesticides are considered "Restricted", which ones require a permit, and what products are exempt.  Also information regarding  certification relative to permits.

April 20, 2011
Citrus Bloom Districts Map

Printable PDF map of the Citrus Bloom Districts. Tulare County is divided into 2 districts for the purposes of Citrus Bloom and Petal Fall.  District 1 is primarily the foothills area and south of Avenue 56.  District 2 is everything else.  The average declaration date for Citrus Bloom in District 1 is April 5.  District 2 is typically declared approximately 7 days after District 1.  The Citrus Bloom Period historically ranges from 10 -32 days long.  Declaration of Bloom/Petal Fall is highly weather dependent so the actual dates of declaration and the time between districts can vary.

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Closed Systems

A Closed System is required whenever the pesticide label specifies a closes system or when employees handle a pesticide with certain warnings in the Precautionary Statements regarding dermal (skin) contact.  Note that there are new regulations effective January 1, 2017.

Colony Strength Inspection Request Form.pdf

Printable/fillable PDF form to request a Colony Strength Inspection for Apiaries located in Tulare County.  Form may be used by Beekeepers or Growers.  The other party (Grower or Beekeeper) will be contacted by the Agricultural Inspector.  Please complete the form and FAX it to the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner, Pesticide Division, at 559-713-3770 or email to PUENOI@co.tulare.ca.us.  You will be billed for the inspection after it is completed.  Please note that Colony Strength Inspections are performed as time, weather, and inspector availability allow.

Data Search Request 2016.pdf

This is a fillable/printable form for requesting data that is public information regarding pesticide permits, grower lists, crop lists, acreages, etc. The completed form may be submitted by mail (4437 S. Laspina Street, Tulare, CA  93274), FAX (559-713-3370), or email (PUENOI@co.tulare.ca.us).   There may be a charge depending upon the data format you request.  Phone numbers are not considered public information and will not be provided.

Fieldworker Safety Packet 2017 Revision.pdf

An information packet for Farm Labor Contractors and growers who have employees who perform cultural activities in a field (orchard, grove, vineyard, etc.).  The A-9, Pesticide Safety Rules for Farmworkers (English) &/or A-9 Normas de Seguridad con Pesticidas Para los Trabajdores Agricolas (Spanish), and Fieldworker Safety Training Record should also be downloaded by anyone who has fieldworkers. (note that the information on the A-9's has not been updated as of 1/1/17 to comply with the new regulations)

NEW REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017   Additional Information may be found at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Worker Protection Program

Letter of Authorization to add PCA to permit.pdf

Letter of Authorization form to add a Pest Control Advisor (PCA) as an authorized contact on a Restricted Materials Permit.  This authorization allows the PCA to make changes to a currently valid permit.  It DOES NOT authorize the PCA to take out or renew the permit.  The form must be completed and signed by the operator of the property and must also be signed by the licensed/registered PCA.  The authorization is valid until revoked in writing to the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner.

Letter of Authorization.pdf

Letter of Authorization for Restricted Materials Pesticide Permits

When completing the form:  The "Operator of the Property" is the name of the permit and the name of the person who owns/leases the property or the senior official (President, CEO) if the owner is a corporation.  The "Authorized Representative" is the person (employee) and/or Pest Control Business being given authorization to take out a Restricted Materials Pesticide Permit on behalf of the property owner.

May 4, 2012
Licensing

A list of contacts and resources for licensing information for Agricultural Pesticide Applicators, Structural Pesticide Applicators, and Farm Labor Contractors,

Mandarin Growers Registration Form rev 2016.pdf

Registration form for Seedless Mandarin Growers who want to register their Seedless Mandarins in accordance with the Seedless Mandarin and Honey Bee Co-existence Regulations.  Please read the introductory letter prior to completing a registration form.  Complete an Apiary Locations Request Form if you would like us to send you information on apiaries within 2 miles of your registered Seedless Mandarins. 

Organophosphates and Carbamates

Definition and partial list of Carbamate and Organophosphate Pesticides.  Mandatory blood tests are required for persons handling Category I and II (Danger / Warning) organophosphates or carbamates for more than six (6) days within any thirty (30) day period.  Additional information regarding the laws and regulations and required blood work when using organophosphates and carbamates may be found in the  Pesticide Worker Safety Packet (PDF)

December 6, 2011
Pest Control Advisor Responsibilities

A PDF format information packet summarizing the requirements and responsibilities, including laws, regulations, and definitions, for Pest Control Advisors and Pest Control Recommendations.  Please contact the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner 559-684-3352, or visit the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for the most up-to-date information.

December 6, 2011
Pest Control Business Responsibilities

A PDF format information packet for Pest Control Business Operators (PCB) summarizing the requirements and responsibilities, including laws, regulations, and definitions.  Please contact the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner, 559-684-3352, or visit the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for the most up-to-date information.