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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( 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  ( Chapter 14 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 1163.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 9. Financial Responsibility [8690 - 8695]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1318. )


The board shall not issue any company registration under this chapter unless the applicant shall have filed with the board on a form prescribed by the board evidence of an insurance policy approved by the board as specified in this article, being in effect at the time of the issuance of the company registration. This evidence shall include a provision that the board shall be given a 10-day notice by the insurance company should the policy be canceled or changed during the policy period in a manner as to affect the evidence. Another method of deposit, including a certificate of deposit, or other undertaking shall not satisfy this requirement.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 218, Sec. 1. (SB 662) Effective January 1, 2014.)


A registered company shall not engage in the practices for which it is required to be registered by this chapter unless it maintains an insurance policy as specified in this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 218, Sec. 2. (SB 662) Effective January 1, 2014.)


(a) An “insurance policy” as used in this article means a contract of liability insurance issued by an insurance company authorized to transact business in this state or one issued by a nonadmitted carrier whose activities in this state are controlled by the Surplus Line Association, which insures the policyholder against loss from legal liability for damages on property upon which work is being performed or has been completed, including third-party losses, as a result of an accident or occurrence due to participation in control, prevention, or repair activities that require a license under this chapter. The insurance policy shall provide minimum limits of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for any one loss due to bodily injury, sickness, or disease, including death at any time resulting therefrom, sustained by any person, and five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) minimum for any one loss due to injury or destruction of property, including the loss of use of the property.

(b) This section shall not be construed to require errors and omissions insurance for all activities relating to or during inspections, inspection reports, recommendations, estimates, and bids, whether oral or written.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 218, Sec. 3. (SB 662) Effective January 1, 2014.)


The violation of any provision of this article is a misdemeanor and shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation by the board of the operator’s license of the owner or qualifying manager or managers of the registered company and of the company registration.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1348, Sec. 90. Operative January 1, 1987, by Sec. 97 of Ch. 1348.)

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