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DIVISION 3. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS GENERALLY [5000 - 9998.11]

  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 14. Structural Pest Control Operators [8500 - 8697.4]

  ( Chapter 14 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [8500 - 8519.5]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163. )

8500.
  

Unless the text otherwise requires, the general provisions hereinafter set forth govern the construction of this chapter.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163.)

8501.
  

“Director” refers to the Director of Consumer Affairs.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 8. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8502.
  

“Board” refers to the Structural Pest Control Board within the Department of Consumers Affairs.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 9. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

8503.
  

“Registrar” refers to the registrar of the Structural Pest Control Board.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163.)

8503.5.
  

“Committee” means the Disciplinary Review Committee established pursuant to Section 8660.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1266, Sec. 1.)

8504.
  

“Person” includes an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association or other organization or any combination thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1010, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8504.1.
  

“Pesticide” includes any of the following:

(a) Any spray adjuvant.

(b) Any substance, or mixture of substances, which is intended to be used for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest or organism.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 1. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.
  

(a) “Structural pest control” and “pest control” as used in this chapter are synonymous. Except as provided in Section 8555 and elsewhere in this chapter, it is, with respect to household pests and wood destroying pests or organisms, or other pests that may invade households or other structures, including railroad cars, ships, docks, trucks, airplanes, or the contents thereof, the engaging in, offering to engage in, advertising for, soliciting, or the performance of, any of the following:

(1) Identification of infestations or infections.

(2) The making of an inspection or inspections for the purpose of identifying or attempting to identify infestations or infections of household or other structures by those pests or organisms.

(3) The making of inspection reports, recommendations, estimates, and bids, whether oral or written, with respect to those infestations or infections.

(4) The making of contracts, or the submitting of bids for, or the performance of any work including the making of structural repairs or replacements, or the use of pesticides, or mechanical devices for the purpose of eliminating, exterminating, controlling or preventing infestations or infections of those pests, or organisms.

(b) “Household pests” are defined for the purpose of this chapter as those pests other than wood destroying pests or organisms, which invade households and other structures, including, but not limited to, rodents, vermin, and insects.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 2. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.1.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c), for the purpose of this act, “fumigation” shall be defined as the use within an enclosed space for the destruction of plant or animal life, a substance having a vapor pressure greater than 5 millimeters of mercury at 25 degrees centigrade when the substance is labeled for those purposes.

The following is a list of lethal fumigants:

(1) Methyl bromide.

(2) Sulfuryl fluoride.

(3) Aluminum phosphide.

The board may adopt, and may as necessary amend, by regulation, a list of fumigants.

(b) For the purpose of this act, “warning agent” is any agent used in combination with any fumigant that lacks warning properties.

The following is a warning agent:

Chloropicrin.

The board may adopt, and may as necessary amend, by regulation, a list of warning agents.

(c) For the purpose of this act “simple asphyxiants” shall not be deemed to be fumigants.

The following is a list of simple asphyxiants:

(1) Liquid nitrogen.

(2) Carbon dioxide.

The board may adopt, and may as necessary amend, by regulation, a list of simple asphyxiants.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 3. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.2.
  

Fumigation shall be performed only under the direct and personal supervision of an individual who is licensed by the board as an operator or field representative in Branch 1 as set forth in Section 8560.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 4. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.3.
  

“Direct and personal supervision” as used in Section 8505.2 means that the Branch 1 licensee exercising that supervision shall be present at the site of the fumigation during the entire time the fumigants are being released, the time ventilation is commenced, and at the time property is released for occupancy.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 19. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8505.4.
  

Fumigation shall be performed in compliance with all applicable state, county, and city laws and ordinances and all applicable laws and regulations of the United States.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 20. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8505.5.
  

(a) Notice of the date and place of fumigation, and chemicals to be used, shall be given by the fumigator to the fire department serving the area in which fumigation is to be performed not less than two hours prior to the time fumigation begins. The fire department shall not charge any fees for any service related to structural pest control activities except for the costs of an emergency response necessitated by illegal or negligent actions.

(b) Notice of each fumigation to be performed shall be given to the commissioner in the county in which the job is to be performed. The notice, which may be mailed or given by telephone, at the option of the commissioner, shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the time fumigation begins, unless the commissioner determines that less time is sufficient. A fee shall not be assessed for processing this notice.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 5. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.7.
  

The space to be fumigated shall be vacated by all occupants prior to the commencement of fumigation, and all entrances thereto shall be locked, barricaded, or otherwise secured against entry until the end of exposure period, then opened for ventilation and relocked, barricaded, or otherwise secured against re-entry, until declared by the licensee exercising direct and personal supervision over the fumigation to be safe for reoccupancy.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 4. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)

8505.8.
  

Prior to the commencement of fumigation, the space to be fumigated shall be sealed in such manner that tests taken before ventilation is begun will show that the required concentration of the fumigant released within the space has been retained therein, in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1201.)

8505.9.
  

Prior to the commencement of fumigation, warning signs shall be posted in plainly visible locations on or in the immediate vicinity of all entrances to the space under fumigation and shall not be removed until fumigation and ventilation has been completed, and the premises safe for reoccupancy. Ventilation shall be conducted with due regard for the public safety.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1201.)

8505.10.
  

Warning signs shall be printed in red on white background and shall contain the following statement in letters not less than two inches in height: “DANGER—FUMIGATION.” They shall also depict a skull and crossbones not less than one inch in height and shall state in letters not less than one-half inch in height the name of the fumigant. These signs shall also include in legible ink of any color, the date and time fumigant was injected, and the name, address, and telephone number of the registered company performing the fumigation. Warning signs placed under a tarpaulin shall not be required to state the time the fumigant was injected.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 7. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.11.
  

If the structure which has been fumigated has an attic or if the area underneath such structure is accessible to inspection for purposes of structural pest control, the registered company which performed the fumigation shall, immediately upon completion, post in the attic, immediately adjacent to the entrance thereto, or in the area underneath the structure, immediately adjacent to the main entrance vent thereof, or in both of such places if the structure has an attic and an accessible underarea, a durable sign not less than five inches by seven inches in size stating the name of the registered company, the date of fumigation, and the type of fumigant used.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 6. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)

8505.12.
  

A registered company performing fumigation shall use an adequate warning agent with all fumigants which lack those properties. There may be circumstances in which the use of chloropicrin is not possible due to its unknown effects on sensitive items, including, but not limited to, artifacts in museums or in police evidence storage. In these circumstances, waiving the use of chloropicrin shall be approved by the state regulatory authority and documented in advance and shall include alternative safety precautions which address initial clearance of the site to be fumigated, potential movement of the fumigant to unattended areas, and continued site security. When conditions involving abnormal hazards exist, the licensee exercising direct and personal supervision shall take those safety precautions in addition to those prescribed by this chapter as are reasonably necessary to protect the public health and safety.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 8. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.13.
  

A registered company shall maintain a log of each fumigation job performed by it in this state. The log shall be in the form required by the regulations of the board and shall be preserved for a period of at least three years, during which time it shall be available at all times during business hours for inspection by the board and its authorized representatives.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 844, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8505.14.
  

“Fumigator” means any individual licensed by the board as a structural pest control operator or as a structural pest control field representative in Branch 1 as set forth in Section 8560.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 9. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8505.16.
  

All fumigators shall be familiar with and able to administer artificial respiration by the best method or methods recommended currently by the Red Cross in its standard texts on first aid.

All fumigating crews shall be outfitted with a safety kit containing safety equipment as specified by the manufacturer’s label instructions and by all applicable laws and regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 844, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8505.17.
  

(a) There is hereby continued in existence in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the Structural Pest Control Education and Enforcement Fund. Funds derived from the pesticide use report filing fee provided for in Section 8674 and all proceeds from civil penalties collected by the board pursuant to Section 8617 shall be deposited in the Education and Enforcement Account which is hereby created in the fund. The account shall be used by the board (1) for the purposes of training as provided in Section 8616, (2) for reimbursement to the Director of Pesticide Regulation for work performed as the agent of the board pursuant to Sections 8616, 8616.4, and 8617 and Section 15202 of the Food and Agricultural Code and for cases referred to the board pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 8616.5, and (3) for reasonable expenses incurred by the Disciplinary Review Committee. There is no reimbursement from this fund for inspections and routine investigations.

(b) The board may withhold funds from its agent if it is not satisfied that its agent has corrected the problems which resulted in a suspension as provided in Section 8616.6. The authority to withhold funds shall be limited only to the withholding of an amount otherwise due the agent for reimbursable activities performed in the county or counties for which a notice has been filed pursuant to Section 8616.6.

(c) Registered structural pest control companies shall prepare and submit to the county agricultural commissioner a monthly report of all pesticides used in that county. The report shall be on a form approved by the Director of Pesticide Regulation and shall contain the name and registration number of each pesticide and the amount used. The report shall be submitted to the commissioner by the 10th day of the month following the month of application and a copy shall be maintained by the licensee for a period of three years after the report submission date. Each pesticide use report or combination of use reports representing a registered structural pest control company’s total county pesticide use for the month shall require a pesticide use stamp or stamp number issued by the board in the denomination fixed by the board in accordance with Section 8674 as the pesticide use report filing fee. The board shall provide for the sale of these stamps and stamp numbers and for the refund of moneys paid for stamps and stamp numbers which are returned to it unused. When a registered structural pest control company performs no pest control during a month in a county in which it has given notice pursuant to Section 15204 of the Food and Agricultural Code, the registered company shall submit a use report stating this fact to the commissioner. A pesticide use stamp or stamp number is not required on negative use reports.

(d) All other proceeds from civil penalties collected by the board shall be deposited in the Civil Penalties Account which is hereby created in the fund. These funds shall be available to the board upon appropriation by the Legislature for the purposes of enforcing this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 10. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8506.
  

(a) “Structural pest control operator” is any individual licensed by the board to practice structural pest control.

(b) As used in this chapter, “operator” refers to “structural pest control operator.”

(c) In the event of death of a licensee, the executor or administrator of the deceased person may obtain from the board written authorization for such executor or administrator to conduct the business of such deceased licensee for a period not to exceed one year after the date of death for the purpose of winding up or disposing of the structural pest control business of the deceased licensee; but such authorization shall not entitle such executor or administrator to solicit, engage in, or undertake any structural pest control work not already contracted for by such deceased licensee unless a properly classified and licensed operator is employed to manage, supervise, and direct the business.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 12. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)

8506.1.
  

(a) A “registered company” is any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or other organization or any combination thereof that is registered with the Structural Pest Control Board to engage in the practice of structural pest control.

(b) A registered company may secure structural pest control work, submit bids, or otherwise contract for pest control work. A registered company may employ licensed field representatives and licensed operators to identify infestations or infections, make inspections, and represent the company in the securing of pest control work. A registered company may hire or employ individuals who are not licensed under this chapter to perform work on contracts covering Branch 1, 2, or 3, or any combination of branches, only after an operator or field representative has fully completed the negotiation or signing of the contract covering a given job.

(c) This section shall not be construed to authorize an unlicensed individual to perform work that requires a license pursuant to this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 359, Sec. 1. (AB 2529) Effective January 1, 2017.)

8506.2.
  

A “qualifying manager” is the licensed operator or operators designated by a registered company to supervise the daily business of the company and to be physically present at the principal office or branch office location for a minimum of nine days every three consecutive calendar months to supervise and assist the company’s employees. These days shall be documented and provided to the board upon request.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 181, Sec. 1. (AB 1874) Effective January 1, 2017.)

8507.
  

(a) “Structural pest control field representative” is any individual who is licensed by the board to secure structural pest control work, identify infestations or infections, make inspections, apply pesticides, submit bids for or otherwise contract, on behalf of a registered company.

A pest control field representative shall not contract for pest control work or perform pest control work on his or her own behalf.

(b) As used in this chapter, “field representative” refers to “structural pest control field representative.”

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 23. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8507.1.
  

(a) (1) “Structural pest control applicator” is any individual who is licensed by the board to apply pesticides in Branch 2 or Branch 3 on behalf of a registered company.

(2) A structural pest control applicator shall not contract for pest control work or perform pest control work in his or her own behalf.

(b) As used in this chapter, “applicator” refers to “structural pest control applicator.”

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 11. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8508.
  

“Household” means any structure and its contents that are used for persons and their convenience.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 430, Sec. 33. (AB 181) Effective January 1, 2016.)

8509.
  

“Branch office” is any fixed place of business in addition to the location of the principal office for which the company registration is issued, where records are kept, mail received, statements rendered, money is collected, or requests are received for service or bids, or information is given pertaining to the practice of pest control, other than governmental offices.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 24. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8510.
  

For purposes of this chapter, “wood preservative” means any coating formulated to protect wood surfaces from deterioration caused by insects, fungus, rot, and decay and which contains a wood preservative chemical that is registered with the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 25. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8511.
  

“Manufacturer” is a person engaged in the processing of materials used in the practice of pest control, but who does not himself engage in such practice.

(Added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163.)

8512.
  

“Employer” refers to a registered company that employs operators, field representatives, applicators, and other individuals, the latter not being required to be licensed under this chapter, who work on pest control jobs under the supervision of an operator or field representative.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 354, Sec. 26. Effective January 1, 2008.)

8513.
  

(a) The board shall prescribe a form entitled “Notice to Owner” that shall describe, in nontechnical language and in a clear and coherent manner using words with common and everyday meaning, the pertinent provisions of this state’s mechanics lien laws and the rights and responsibilities of an owner of property and a registered pest control company thereunder. Each company registered under this chapter, prior to entering into a contract with an owner for work for which a company registration is required, shall give a copy of this “Notice to Owner” to the owner, his or her agent, or the payer.

(b) No company that is required to be registered under this chapter shall require or request a waiver of lien rights from any subcontractor, employee, or supplier.

(c) Each company registered under this chapter that acts as a subcontractor for another company registered under this chapter shall, within 20 days of commencement of any work for which a company registration is required, give the preliminary notice in accordance with Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 8200) of Title 2 of Part 6 of Division 4 of the Civil Code, to the owner, his or her agent, or the payer.

(d) Each company registered under this chapter that acts as a prime contractor for work for which a company registration is required shall, prior to accepting payment for the work, furnish to the owner, his or her agent, or the payer a full and unconditional release from any claim of mechanics lien by any subcontractor entitled to enforce a mechanics lien pursuant to Section 8410 of the Civil Code.

(e) Each company registered under this chapter that subcontracts to another company registered under this chapter work for which a company registration is required shall furnish to the subcontractor the name of the owner, his or her agent, or the payer.

(f) A violation of the provisions of this section is a ground for disciplinary action.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 430, Sec. 34. (AB 181) Effective January 1, 2016.)

8514.
  

(a) A Branch 2 or 3 registered company shall not commence work on a contract, or sign, issue, or deliver any documents expressing an opinion or statement relating to the control of household pests, or wood destroying pests or organisms until the registered company has completed an inspection.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, after an inspection has been made, a registered company which holds a branch registration for the control of household pests, or wood destroying pests or organisms, but whose branch registration restricts the method of eradication or control permitted, may recommend and enter into a contract for the eradication or control of pests within the scope of its branch registration, provided that it subcontracts, in writing, the actual performance of the work to a registered company which holds a branch registration authorizing the particular method to be used.

(c) A registered company may subcontract, in writing, any pest control work for which it is registered in any branch or branches to a registered company holding a valid branch registration to do that work.

(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit a registered company or the consumer from subcontracting with a licensed contractor to do any work authorized under Section 8556.

(e) A registered company shall not subcontract structural fumigation work, as permitted in this section, without the written consent of the consumer. The consumer shall be informed in advance, in writing, of any proposed work which the registered company intends to subcontract and of the consumer’s right to select another person or entity of the consumer’s choosing to perform the work. The consumer may authorize the subcontracting of the work as proposed or may contract directly with another registered company licensed to perform the work. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to eliminate any otherwise applicable licensure requirements, nor permit a licensed contractor to perform any work beyond that authorized by Section 8556.

(f) Nothing contained in this section shall permit or authorize a registered company to perform, attempt to perform, advertise or hold out to the public or to any person that it is authorized, qualified, or registered to perform, pest control work in a branch, or by a method, for which it is not registered, except that a Branch 2 or Branch 3 registered company may advertise fumigation or any all encompassing treatment described in paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 1991 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations if the company complies with the requirements of this section.

(g) Subcontracting of work, as permitted in this section, shall not relieve the prime contractor or the subcontractor from responsibility for, or from disciplinary action because of, an act or omission on its part, which would otherwise be a ground for disciplinary action. However, the registered company making the initial proposal including proposed work that the registered company intends to subcontract shall not be subject to disciplinary action or otherwise responsible for an act or omission in the performance of the work that the consumer directly contracts with another registered company, person, or entity to perform, as permitted by this section. All home solicitation contracts shall comply with Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1688) of Title 5 of Part 2 of Division 3 of the Civil Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 560, Sec. 12. (SB 1244) Effective January 1, 2015.)

8514.5.
  

It is unlawful for any registered company under this chapter when billing for any subcontracted work authorized under Section 8514, to charge, bill, or otherwise solicit payment from the consumer for any structural fumigation work not actually rendered by the registered company or under its direct supervision unless the consumer, prior to authorizing the performance of the work, is provided in writing with the following statement:

“NOTICE: The charge for service that this company subcontracts to another registered company may include the company’s charges for arranging and administering such services that are in addition to the direct costs associated with paying the subcontractor. You may accept (company name’s) bid or you may contract directly with another registered company licensed to perform the work.

If you choose to contract directly with another registered company, (company name) will not in any way be responsible for any act or omission in the performance of work that you directly contract with another to perform.”

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 398, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1997.)

8515.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a company registered hereunder from authorizing an officer, partner, or employee to submit bids, after an inspection by an individual licensed as an operator or field representative under this act, or to sign contracts after negotiation by an individual licensed as an operator or field representative under this act, on behalf of the registered company.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 844, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8516.
  

(a) This section, and Section 8519, apply only to wood destroying pests or organisms.

(b) A registered company or licensee shall not commence work on a contract, or sign, issue, or deliver any documents expressing an opinion or statement relating to the absence or presence of wood destroying pests or organisms until an inspection has been made by a licensed Branch 3 field representative or operator employed by a registered company, except as provided in Section 8519.5. The address of each property inspected or upon which work is completed shall be reported on a form prescribed by the board and shall be filed with the board no later than 10 business days after the commencement of an inspection or upon completed work.

Every property inspected pursuant to this subdivision or Section 8518 shall be assessed a filing fee pursuant to Section 8674.

Failure of a registered company to report and file with the board the address of any property inspected or work completed pursuant to Section 8518 or this section is grounds for disciplinary action and shall subject the registered company to a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). The address of an inspection report prepared for use by an attorney for litigation purposes shall not be required to be reported to the board and shall not be assessed a filing fee.

A written inspection report conforming to this section and a form approved by the board shall be prepared and delivered to the person requesting the inspection and the property owner, or to the property owner’s designated agent, within 10 business days from the start of the inspection, except that an inspection report prepared for use by an attorney for litigation purposes is not required to be reported to the board or the property owner. An inspection report may be a complete, limited, supplemental, or reinspection report, as defined by Section 1993 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations. The report shall be delivered before work is commenced on any property. The registered company shall retain for three years all inspection reports, field notes, and activity forms.

Reports shall be made available for inspection and reproduction to the executive officer of the board or his or her duly authorized representative during business hours. All inspection reports or copies thereof shall be submitted to the board upon demand within two business days. The following shall be set forth in the report:

(1) The start date of the inspection and the name of the licensed field representative or operator making the inspection.

(2) The name and address of the person or firm ordering the report.

(3) The name and address of the property owner and any person who is a party in interest.

(4) The address or location of the property.

(5) A general description of the building or premises inspected.

(6) A foundation diagram or sketch of the structure or structures or portions of the structure or structures inspected, including the approximate location of any infested or infected areas evident, and the parts of the structure where conditions that would ordinarily subject those parts to attack by wood destroying pests or organisms exist. Reporting of the infested or infected wood members, or parts of the structure identified, shall be listed in the inspection report to clearly identify them, as is typical in standard construction components, including, but not limited to, siding, studs, rafters, floor joists, fascia, subfloor, sheathing, and trim boards.

(7) Information regarding the substructure, foundation walls and footings, porches, patios and steps, air vents, abutments, attic spaces, roof framing that includes the eaves, rafters, fascias, exposed timbers, exposed sheathing, ceiling joists, and attic walls, or other parts subject to attack by wood destroying pests or organisms. Conditions usually deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection, such as earth-wood contacts, excessive cellulose debris, faulty grade levels, excessive moisture conditions, evidence of roof leaks, and insufficient ventilation are to be reported.

(8) One of the following statements, as appropriate, printed in bold type:

(A) The exterior surface of the roof was not inspected. If you want the water tightness of the roof determined, you should contact a roofing contractor who is licensed by the Contractors’ State License Board.

(B) The exterior surface of the roof was inspected to determine whether or not wood destroying pests or organisms are present.

(9) Indication or description of any areas that are inaccessible or not inspected with recommendation for further inspection if practicable. If, after the report has been made in compliance with this section, authority is given later to open inaccessible areas, a supplemental report on conditions in these areas shall be made.

(10) Recommendations for corrective measures.

(11) Information regarding the pesticide or pesticides to be used for their control or prevention as set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 8538.

(12) The inspection report shall clearly disclose that if requested by the person ordering the original report, a reinspection of the structure will be performed if an estimate or bid for making repairs was given with the original inspection report, or thereafter.

An estimate or bid shall be given separately allocating the costs to perform each and every recommendation for corrective measures as specified in subdivision (c) with the original inspection report if the person who ordered the original inspection report so requests, and if the registered company is regularly in the business of performing each corrective measure.

If no estimate or bid was given with the original inspection report, or thereafter, then the registered company shall not be required to perform a reinspection.

A reinspection shall be an inspection of those items previously listed on an original report to determine if the recommendations have been completed. Each reinspection shall be reported on an original inspection report form and shall be labeled “Reinspection.” Each reinspection shall also identify the original report by date.

After four months from an original inspection, all inspections shall be original inspections and not reinspections.

Any reinspection shall be performed for not more than the price of the registered company’s original inspection price and shall be completed within 10 business days after a reinspection has been ordered.

(13) The inspection report shall contain the following statement, printed in boldface type:


“NOTICE: Reports on this structure prepared by various registered companies should list the same findings (i.e. termite infestations, termite damage, fungus damage, etc.). However, recommendations to correct these findings may vary from company to company. You have a right to seek a second opinion from another company.”


(c) At the time a report is ordered, the registered company or licensee shall inform the person or entity ordering the report, that a separate report is available pursuant to this subdivision. If a separate report is requested at the time the inspection report is ordered, the registered company or licensee shall separately identify on the report each recommendation for corrective measures as follows:

(1) The infestation or infection that is evident.

(2) The conditions that are present that are deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection.

If a registered company or licensee fails to inform as required by this subdivision and a dispute arises, or if any other dispute arises as to whether this subdivision has been complied with, a separate report shall be provided within 24 hours of the request but, in no event, later than the next business day, and at no additional cost.

(d) When a corrective condition is identified, either as paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (c), and the property owner or the property owner’s designated agent chooses not to correct those conditions, the registered company or licensee shall not be liable for damages resulting from a failure to correct those conditions or subject to any disciplinary action by the board. Nothing in this subdivision, however, shall relieve a registered company or a licensee of any liability resulting from negligence, fraud, dishonest dealing, other violations pursuant to this chapter, or contractual obligations between the registered company or licensee and the responsible parties.

(e) The inspection report form prescribed by the board shall separately identify the infestation or infection that is evident and the conditions that are present that are deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection. If a separate form is requested, the form shall explain the infestation or infection that is evident and the conditions that are present that are deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection and the difference between those conditions. In no event, however, shall conditions deemed likely to lead to infestation or infection be characterized as actual “defects” or as actual “active” infestations or infections or in need of correction as a precondition to issuing a certification pursuant to Section 8519.

(f) The report and any contract entered into shall also state specifically when any guarantee for the work is made, and if so, the specific terms of the guarantee and the period of time for which the guarantee shall be in effect. If a guarantee extends beyond three years, the registered company shall maintain all original inspection reports, field notes, activity forms, and notices of completion for the duration of the guarantee period and for one year after the guarantee expires.

(g) For purposes of this section, “control service agreement” means an agreement, including extended warranties, to have a licensee conduct over a period of time regular inspections and other activities related to the control or eradication of wood destroying pests and organisms. Under a control service agreement a registered company shall refer to the original report and contract in a manner as to identify them clearly, and the report shall be assumed to be a true report of conditions as originally issued, except it may be modified after a control service inspection. A registered company is not required to issue a report as outlined in paragraphs (1) to (11), inclusive, of subdivision (b) after each control service inspection. If after control service inspection, no modification of the original report is made in writing, then it will be assumed that conditions are as originally reported. A control service contract shall state specifically the particular wood destroying pests or organisms and the portions of the buildings or structures covered by the contract.

(h) A registered company or licensee may enter into and maintain a control service agreement provided the following requirements are met:

(1) The control service agreement shall be in writing, signed by both parties, and shall specifically include the following:

(A) The wood destroying pests and organisms covered by the control service agreement.

(B) Any wood destroying pest or organism that is not covered must be specifically listed.

(C) The type and manner of treatment to be used to correct the infestations or infections.

(D) The structures or buildings, or portions thereof, covered by the agreement, including a statement specifying whether the coverage for purposes of periodic inspections is limited or full. Any exclusions from those described in the original report must be specifically listed.

(E) A reference to the original inspection report.

(F) The frequency of the inspections to be provided, the fee to be charged for each renewal, and the duration of the agreement.

(G) Whether the fee includes structural repairs.

(H) If the services provided are guaranteed, and, if so, the terms of the guarantee.

(I) A statement that all corrections of infestations or infections covered by the control service agreement shall be completed within six months of discovery, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by both parties.

(2) The original inspection report, the control service agreement, and completion report shall be maintained for three years after the cancellation of the control service agreement.

(3) Inspections made pursuant to a control service agreement shall be conducted by a Branch 3 licensee. Section 8506.1 does not modify this provision.

(4) A full inspection of the property covered by the control service agreement shall be conducted and a report filed pursuant to subdivision (b) at least once every three years from the date that the agreement was entered into, unless the consumer cancels the contract within three years from the date the agreement was entered into.

(5) Under a control service agreement, a written report shall be required for the correction of any infestation or infection unless all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The infestation or infection has been previously reported.

(B) The infestation or infection is covered by the control service agreement.

(C) There is no additional charge for correcting the infestation or infection.

(D) Correction of the infestation or infection takes place within 45 days of its discovery.

(E) Correction of the infestation or infection does not include fumigation.

(6) All notice requirements pursuant to Section 8538 shall apply to all pesticide treatments conducted under control service agreements.

(i) All work recommended by a registered company, where an estimate or bid for making repairs was given with the original inspection report, or thereafter, shall be recorded on this report or a separate work agreement and shall specify a price for each recommendation. This information shall be provided to the person requesting the inspection, and shall be retained by the registered company with the inspection report copy for three years.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 799, Sec. 40. (SB 1039) Effective January 1, 2017.)

8517.
  

Any work contract, billing, agreement, letter of work completed, or other correspondence or document expressing an opinion or making a statement relating to the presence or absence of wood destroying pests or organisms or nondecay fungi, shall refer to the inspection report required by Section 8516. These documents shall indicate specifically whether all of the recommended work as set forth in the inspection report was completed, or, if not, the document shall indicate specifically which recommendations were not completed.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 306, Sec. 16. Effective January 1, 2002.)

8518.
  

(a) When a registered company completes work under a contract, it shall prepare, on a form prescribed by the board, a notice of work completed and not completed, and shall furnish that notice to the owner of the property or the owner’s agent within 10 business days after completing the work. The notice shall include a statement of the cost of the completed work and estimated cost of work not completed.

(b) The address of each property inspected or upon which work was completed shall be reported on a form prescribed by the board and shall be filed with the board no later than 10 business days after completed work.

(c) A filing fee shall be assessed pursuant to Section 8674 for every property upon which work is completed.

(d) Failure of a registered company to report and file with the board the address of any property upon which work was completed pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 8516 or this section is grounds for disciplinary action and shall subject the registered company to a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).

(e) The registered company shall retain for three years all original notices of work completed, work not completed, and activity forms.

(f) Notices of work completed and not completed shall be made available for inspection and reproduction to the executive officer of the board or his or her duly authorized representative during business hours. Original notices of work completed or not completed or copies thereof shall be submitted to the board upon request within two business days.

(g) This section shall only apply to work relating to wood destroying pests or organisms.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 799, Sec. 41. (SB 1039) Effective January 1, 2017.)

8519.
  

Certification as used in this section means a written statement by the registered company attesting to the statement contained therein relating to the absence or presence of wood-destroying pests or organisms and, listing such recommendations, if any, which appear on an inspection report prepared pursuant to Section 8516, and which relate to (1) infestation or infection of wood-destroying pests or organisms found, or (2) repair of structurally weakened members caused by such infestation or infection, and which recommendations have not been completed at the time of certification.

Any registered company which makes an inspection report pursuant to Section 8516, shall, if requested by the person ordering the inspection report, prepare and deliver to that person or his or her designated agent, a certification, to provide:

(a) When the inspection report prepared pursuant to Section 8516 has disclosed no infestation or infection: “This is to certify that the above property was inspected on ____ (date) in accordance with the Structural Pest Control Act and rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, and that no evidence of active infestation or infection was found in the visible and accessible areas.”

(b) When the inspection report prepared pursuant to Section 8516 discloses infestation or infection and the notice of work completed prepared pursuant to Section 8518 indicates that all recommendations to remove that infestation or infection and to repair damage caused by that infestation or infection have been completed: “This is to certify that the property described herein is now free of evidence of active infestation or infection in the visible and accessible areas.”

(c) When the inspection report prepared pursuant to Section 8516 discloses infestation or infection and the notice of work completed prepared pursuant to Section 8518 indicates that the registered company has not completed all recommendations to remove that infestation or infection or to repair damage caused by it: “This is to certify that the property described herein is now free of evidence of active infestation or infection in the visible and accessible areas except as follows: ____ (describing infestations, infections, damage or evidence thereof, excepted).”

This certificate shall be accompanied by a copy of the inspection report prepared pursuant to Section 8516, and by a copy of the notice of work completed prepared pursuant to Section 8518, if any notice has been prepared at the time of the certification, or the certification may be endorsed on and made a part of that inspection report or notice of work completed.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 270, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)

8519.5.
  

(a) After an inspection report has been prepared by a Branch 3 registered company pursuant to Section 8516, which discloses a wood destroying pest that can be eradicated by fumigation, and the fumigation has been duly performed by a Branch 1 registered company, the Branch 1 registered company, on a company document that identifies the licensee performing the fumigation and the name and address of the registered company, shall issue the following certification: “This is to certify that the property located at ____ (address) was fumigated on ____ (date) for the extermination of ____ (target pest).” This certification shall be issued to the person ordering the fumigation and to the registered company that prepared the inspection report within five working days after completing the fumigation.

(1) Where a consumer has authorized a Branch 3 registered company to subcontract the fumigation to a Branch 1 registered company, a copy of the certification shall accompany any reinspection report, notice of work completed pursuant to Section 8518, or any certification issued by the Branch 3 company.

(2) Where the consumer has elected to contract directly with a Branch 1 registered company to perform a fumigation, the distribution of any documents pertinent to the fumigation shall be the responsibility of the Branch 1 registered company.

(b) In the event of a failed fumigation performed by a Branch 1 registered company that has contracted directly with the consumer, the Branch 1 registered company shall do all of the following:

(1) Verify the need for a refumigation.

(2) Maintain with the original inspection report, on a company document, all of the following:

(A) The name of the current owner of the structure fumigated, the address of the structure, and the date of the failed fumigation.

(B) An explanation of the need for refumigation.

(C) The proposed date for the refumigation.

(3) Within five working days after the completion of the refumigation, the Branch 1 registered company, on a company document, shall file with the current owner, and the Branch 3 registered company whose report was used for the original fumigation, information regarding the completion of the refumigation, a new certification, and any warranty or guarantee.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 983, Sec. 10.3. Effective January 1, 2000.)

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