California Structural Pest Control License Surety Bond

The Structural Pest Control Act, Business and Professions Code, Section 8697, requires registered companies to secure and maintain a bond executed by an admitted surety insurer in the amount of $12,500. The original bond must be submitted to the Structural Pest  Control Board with the Qualifying Manager's original signature and a seal from the bonding company. If the company will have multiple Qualifying Managers, each Qualifying Managers must sign the bond.

In order to qualify as a Qualifying Manager, you must be licensed by the California Structural Pest Control Board as an "Operator". Each operator's license must be in the branch or branches of pest control in which the licensee is applying for licensure.  As an example, if a company registration is issued in Branch 2, the Qualifying Manager (Operator) must be licensed under Branch 2. Licensees may have more than one Qualifying Manager if the company is registering in more than one branch.

  • Branch 1 - The control of household and wood-destroying pests or organisms by fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases.
  • Branch 2 - The control of household pests excluding fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases.
  • Branch 3 - The control of wood-destroying pests or organisms by the use of insecticides or structural repairs and corrections, excluding fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases.

The Board further separates the licenses into 3 distinct license categories:

Pest Control Applicator 

  • A structural pest control Applicator is any individual who is licensed by the board to apply a pesticide, rodenticide, or allied chemicals or substances for the purpose of eliminating, exterminating, controlling, or preventing infestation or infections of pests or organisms included in Branch 2 or Branch 3 on behalf of a registered company. A structural pest control Applicator shall not contract for pest control work or perform pest control work on his or her own behalf.
    • The Applicator license is the Board's entry level license. Many will begin working in the industry as an Applicator, although it is not required to hold an Applicator license before becoming licensed as a Field Representative.
      • An Applicator is licensed in Branch 2 and Branch 3 and can only perform work while working for a registered structural pest control company.


Pest Control Field Representative

  • 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.
    • A Field Representative can be licensed in Branch 1, Branch 2, and/or Branch 3 and can only perform work while working for a registered structural pest control company.


Pest Control Operator

  • A structural pest control Operator is any individual who is licensed by the board to secure structural pest control work, identify infestations or infections, make inspections, submit bids for or otherwise contract, in behalf of a registered company. A pest control Operator shall not contract for pest control work or perform pest control work on his or her own behalf.
    • An Operator performs the same duties of a Field Representative except that an Operator can own and operate their own company or act as a qualifying manager for another owner.
      • An Operator can be licensed in Branch 1, Branch 2, and/or Branch 3.


Additional information on licensing requirements can be found on the Structural Pest Control Board website.  Additional Pest Control Licenses may be required by the Department of Pesticide Regulation, we can assist you with all of your bonding needs.

How much does a Structural Pest Control License Bond cost?

The $12,500 Structural Pest Control License bond is an instant issue bond, meaning it does not require a credit report to be pulled or approved and we do not require any signed documentation from you.  You can purchase a Structural Pest Control License Bond online by completing our application and paying for your bond in about 2 minutes!

How do I get a CA Structural Pest Control bond?

Simply complete our online application with the required information and at the end of the application you will have the ability to purchase and print a copy of your bond, nothing to sign, no additional fees!  Once your purchase is complete, you will be able to download a copy of the executed bond and your original signed documents will be mailed out that same business day.