C.R.S. Section 35-10-118
Powers and duties of the commissioner

  • rules


The commissioner is authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of this article and any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.


The commissioner is authorized to adopt all reasonable rules for the administration and enforcement of this article, including, but not limited to:


The regulation of all aspects of pesticide application, including, but not limited to, the storage, use, application, and disposal of any pesticide or device that requires licensure for use by any person subject to this article;


The establishment of qualifications for any applicant and standards of practice for any of the licenses authorized under this article, including the establishment of classifications and subclassifications for any license authorized under this article;


The issuance and reinstatement of any license authorized under this article and the grounds for any disciplinary actions authorized under this article, including letters of admonition, other discipline through stipulation, or the restriction, probation, denial, suspension, or revocation of any license authorized under this article;


The content of the examination required for the administration of this article and the amount of any examination and examination grading fee.


The commissioner shall, for examinations required for any license under this article:


Develop each such examination, or adopt a commercially standardized examination, required for the administration of this article and the amount of any examination and examination grading fee;


Establish a passing score for each examination that reflects a minimum level of competency in the class or subclass for which the applicant is being tested;


Administer each such examination or contract with a person, corporation, or other entity to administer each such examination.


The commissioner shall establish standards and procedures to issue a license to any person who possesses a valid license from another jurisdiction, where the qualifications for that license are substantially similar to those adopted for a comparable license authorized under this article.


The commissioner shall establish any competency requirements and standards for any individuals licensed under section 35-10-115.


The commissioner is authorized to conduct hearings required under sections 35-10-119 and 35-10-120 pursuant to article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., and to use administrative law judges to conduct such hearings when their use would result in a net saving of costs to the department.


The commissioner is authorized to determine the amount of any licensing fee authorized under this article based on the actual cost of administering and enforcing the article and any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.


The commissioner is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with any agency or political subdivision of this state or any other state, or with any agency of the United States government, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this article, receiving grants-in-aid, securing uniformity of rules, and entering into reciprocal licensing agreements.


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The department may provide the following only to the extent of funding received pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subsection (8.5):


Education programs for urban residents regarding the proper use of pesticides and regarding the dangers of misuse or overuse of pesticides; and


Education programs for firefighters regarding precautions and procedures that are necessary when fighting fires that involve or are in the vicinity of pesticides or fertilizers.


The commissioner may accept gifts, grants, and donations of any kind from any private or public source for the purposes of this subsection (8.5). The commissioner shall transmit all such gifts, grants, or donations to the state treasurer, who shall credit the same to the plant health, pest control, and environmental protection cash fund created in section 35-1-106.3.


The commissioner is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to comply with the “Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act”, as amended; except that such rules and regulations shall not contravene any provision of this article, article 9 of this title, or any other provision of state law.


The commissioner shall designate by rule which devices, when operated for hire, require the operator to be licensed as a commercial applicator. Licensure shall be required only for the use of those devices that, as determined by the commissioner, may constitute a significant risk to public health or safety.


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The commissioner shall:


Develop an online complaint process on the department’s website that allows members of the public to fill out and submit a complaint form online; and


Provide the complaint form in a manner that is:


Easily accessible on the department’s website;




Printable; and


Accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions.


The complaint form or the instructions accompanying the complaint form must include the department’s mailing address so that a member of the public may choose to print and submit the complaint form by mail instead of electronically.


The powers and duties vested in the commissioner by this article may be delegated to qualified employees of the department.

Source: Section 35-10-118 — Powers and duties of the commissioner - rules, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-35.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Short title
Legislative declaration
Scope of article
Commercial applicator - business license required
Commercial applicator - license requirements - application - fees
Commercial applicator business license - renewals
Commercial applicators - invoice notice
Limited commercial and public applicators - no business license required - training - rules
Registered limited commercial and registered public applicators - requirements for operation
Record-keeping requirements
Notification requirements - registry of pesticide-sensitive persons - preemption - rules
Statewide uniformity of pesticide control and regulation - exceptions
Qualified supervisor - license required
Certified operator - license required
Private applicator - license required
Qualified supervisor, certified operator, and private applicator licenses - examination - application - fees
Qualified supervisor and certified operator licenses - expiration - renewal of licenses - reinstatement
Unlawful acts
Unlawful acts for licensed private applicators
Powers and duties of the commissioner - rules
Inspections - investigations - access - subpoena
Disciplinary actions - denial of license
Civil penalties
Criminal penalties
Information - use and handling of pesticides - enforcement action - credentialing information - definition
Advisory committee
Transfer of money from fees and civil penalties
Repeal of article - review of functions
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 35-10-118’s source at colorado​.gov