Plant Health Division - Administration

The Division protects California's:

  • Food supply from the devastating impact of exotic pests.
  • Environment and natural resources from direct pest impacts and increased pesticide use.
  • Public from pests that pose human health threats.
  • Position in the global economy.
 •  2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
 •  916-654-0317
 •  Report a Pest Hotline: 1-800-491-1899


The Permits and Regulation program develops all regulations administered by the Plant Division and develops associated, legally required documents such as notices, statements of reason, orders and certificates of compliance. The program issues State permits involving agricultural pests and quarantine commodities, recommends approval or disapproval of applications for Federal permits for the movement into California of plant pests, foreign soil, foreign post entry quarantine plant material and genetically engineered organisms.

Ensure the most cost effective methods are used and the appropriate pest control methods are identified before treatments are made to a designated area. Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Endangered Species Act requires dedicated staff trained in environmental compliance and dedicated to fulfilling the requirements of both acts.

Provide system analysis, design and development, data management, training, project management, custom report generation and mapping. Provide back up for the Information Technology (IT) help desk. Provide data management for many of the Division's data systems, including the Pest and Damage Record (PDR) system.

Provide staff services (Fiscal, Budget, Personnel) functions to the Plant Division. Act as a liaison between other Divisions and Plant Branches. Plant Division contact for Administrative Services, other federal, state and local agencies.

Conduct scientific assessments of plant pests and diseases and analyze the likelihood and consequence of the introduction of new plant pests. Make recommendations regarding exclusion, detection, eradication and control options. Provide expert information on the biology and life cycle of plant pests. Maintain a high degree of awareness regarding emerging plant pest distribution, impacts and control methods.