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CDFA Plant Health

Permits and Regulations Program

 

Questions concerning bringing houseplants, fruits, or vegetables into California, must be directed to our Pest Exclusion Branch at (916) 654-0312 or peinfo@cdfa.ca.gov. Information may also be obtained at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PE/.

Sara Khalid
Environmental Scientist sara.khalid@cdfa.ca.gov

Laura Petro
Environmental
Program Manager I laura.petro@cdfa.ca.gov

Eric Duggan
Management Services Technician
eduggan@cdfa.ca.gov

Courtney Owens
Environmental Scientist
courtney.owens@cdfa.ca.gov

 

Elizabeth Parvis
Environmental Scientist
elizabeth.parvis@cdfa.ca.gov

1220 N Street, Room 210
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-1017
FAX: (916) 654-1018

 

PERMITS AND REGULATIONS


The permits and regulations program develops all regulations administered by Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services and develops associated legally required documents such as notices, statements of reason, orders, and certificates of compliance. This program also issues state permits involving agricultural pests and quarantine commodities as authorized under administrative regulations and the Food and Agricultural Code. This program also recommends approval or disapproval of applications for Federal permits which are issued by the USDA. These permits concern movement into California of plant pests, foreign soil, foreign post entry quarantine plant material, genetically engineered organisms, and foreign commodities normally prohibited entry into the United States.

The program has 30 days to notify an applicant if their application is complete or deficient.

The Department of Food and Agriculture has established time periods for the processing of permit applications, in compliance with Government Code Sections 15374-15378. Failure to comply with these time periods may be appealed to the Director of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street, P.O. Box 942871, Sacramento, CA 94271-0001, pursuant to regulations set forth in Title 3, California Code of Regulations, Section 301. Under certain circumstances, the Director may order that the applicant receive a reimbursement of filing fees.


California Food and Agriculture Code

For copies of the following USDA application forms, please download from: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/permits/ppq_epermits.shtml


PPQ Form 526 - Application for Permit to Move Live Plant Pests or Noxious Weeds: This permit application is for the importation of live plant pests from within the United States and from foreign countries. The applicant completes the application and submits it to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA notifies CDFA of the application and provides a copy for review. Upon completion of their review, California agricultural officials may make recommendations to USDA such as adding conditions to the permit. USDA then completes the application process. In rare instances, CDFA may recommend denial of the application.


PPQ Form 525A - Application for Permit to Receive Soil: This application is for the importation of soil from foreign countries. All soil is prohibited entry into the United States unless under a permit. Individuals requesting a permit for soil importation will have their facilities inspected by both USDA and California agricultural officials, and must enter into a compliance agreement to ensure they properly handle and dispose of foreign soil. The method of processing this application is the same as for PPQ Form 526 above.


PPQ Form 546 - Agreement for Postentry Quarantine--State Screening Notice: This permit is for the importation of restricted plant material from foreign countries. During its post-entry quarantine period (two years for most plants), the plant material is subject to inspection by California officials. Individuals requesting to import restricted plant materials will have their growing grounds inspected by county officials. The method of processing this application is the same as for PPQ Form 526 above.


PPQ Form 587 - Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products: This permit is for the importation of admissible (not subject to post-entry) plant material from foreign sources. The application is submitted to USDA and not subject to review by CDFA.


PPQ Form 588 - Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products for Experimental Purposes: This application is for the importation of plant material from foreign countries which would otherwise be prohibited entry into the United States. The plant materials are permitted entry only under strict conditions. The method of processing this application is the same as for PPQ Form 526 above.


For fillable forms or copies of CDFA application forms, please click on a link below. If you have problems with a form, contact us at (916) 654-1017.


Pest Exclusion Fill-in Form 66-026, Application; Standard Conditions of Permit – Application and Permit to Move and Use Live Plant Pests or Insects or Noxious Weeds: This application is for the movement of live plant pests within California, including within counties, and is for entities who want to do diagnostics or work with plant pests. Examples of who should apply for this permit:

  • A laboratory performing diagnostic tests on plant or insect material.
  • An individual wishing to move viral, bacterial or fungal organisms within the state.
  • An individual moving non-exempt insects within the state.

This permit does not exempt the holder from compliance with state interior quarantines or county ordinances.

Note: An applicant signature is required. If you are unable to complete a digital signature, you may print the application and either scan and email the form to permits@cdfa.ca.gov or fax it to 916-654-1018.


Pest Exclusion Fill-in Form 66-045 – Application and Permit to Move and Use Plant Quarantine Commodities: This permit is generally used for moving commodities for commercial purposes. This material would normally not be allowed entry into California from areas within the U.S. or allowed movement within California due to plant pest quarantines. The conditions of the permit are biologically equivalent to those in the applicable state interior or exterior quarantine.

Note: An applicant signature is required. If you are unable to complete a digital signature, you may print the application and either scan and email the form to permits@cdfa.ca.gov or fax it to 916-654-1018.


Fill-in Form 66-045A-SweetPotato – Application for a Permit to Import Seed Sweet Potatoes for Planting or Propagation


Fill-in Form 66-105 – Approved Laboratory and Permit Agreement:This application is for laboratories performing analytical testing of plant materials such as testing for pesticide residues or performing nutrient analyses. If you wish to perform diagnostic tests on plant material, application must be made on Form 66-026.

Note: An applicant signature is required. If you are unable to complete a digital signature, you may print the application and either scan and email the form to permits@cdfa.ca.gov or fax it to 916-654-1018.

 


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 8/20/15