**NEW** Measurement Standards Fee Increases and End Date of Fee Deferral
The County of San Diego’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) is committed to supporting a fair marketplace and consumer confidence while providing quality services in a cost-effective manner.
The AWM cost recovery proposal for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is necessary to address cost increases and ensure compliance with the Board of Supervisors’ (Board) policy of cost recovery.
Please see this letter with the cost recovery proposal details, as well as information about the CDFA DMS administration fee increases.
On May 5, 2020, to help ease the impacts of COVID-19, the County Board of Supervisors voted to defer payment of Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures fees normally due between May 2020 and March 2021. Price Verification Registration and Weights and Measures Device Registration deferral period ended on March 31, 2021. All unpaid fees are now due and delinquent fees will be assessed if payments are not received by June 1, 2021.
If you have questions regarding fees, please contact our Weights and Measures Division by phone at (858) 694-2778 or by email at: WM.AWM@sdcounty.ca.gov.
**NEW** AWM Lobbies at County Operations Center in San Diego and San Marcos Office Reopening April 26th
The Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures (AWM) will re-opening its lobby at the County Operations Center and its San Marcos Office starting April 26th. The lobby will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday. Because the health and safety of our customers and associates remains our top priority we will be re-opening lobbies in accordance with regulatory requirements, best safety practices and other considerations. Social Distancing will still be observed and any customer entering our lobby must wear a face covering. Staff will also be wearing face coverings.
While the lobby will be open we would still like to take the opportunity to remind you of the online services that are currently offered by AWM and encourage you take advantage of these services:
- If you have questions regarding payment or the status of your registration:
Citizen Access is a website with online services to search records, and pay for existing permit (record) fees.
Payment Online : For online payments, click Citizen Access. Go to the AWM tab, then in the General Search section, enter the Record Number (printed on invoice) in the Record Number field and click Search. Scroll down to see the results, in the Action Column click on "Pay Fee Due", then click on "Continue with Application", and select one of the Payment options. Online payment instructions are available.
***Online payments can only be made on existing permits (records) Online payments can be by EFT(Electronic Fund Transfer) or by credit card (Visa, Master Card)
- Plant and insect submittals can also be done through virtual services. Please click the link below and follow the directions on how you can submit a plant or insect sample:
AWM is offering many other services through a virtual platform so please feel free to call us at 858-614-7700 or email us at email@example.com and we will accommodate your request. If translation services or language access is needed please call and let the staff know and your needs will be accommodated.
***NEW*** COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID-19 Vaccination became available for the Food and Agriculture Sector on February 27th. See the linked information for Agricultural Workers and who to contact, how to determine if you are eligible for the vaccination, and where you can obtain the vaccination. The following links have the necessary information:
On May 5, 2020, to help ease the impacts of COVID-19, the County Board of Supervisors voted to defer payment of Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures fees normally due between May and November 2020. Fees associated with Direct Marketing, Hazardous Materials Inventory, Price Verification Registration and Weights & Measures Device Registration will be deferred. The board then again voted in on November 5, 2020 to extend the fee deferral to March 31, 2021.
This fee deferral will be ending on March 31st and unpaid fees will become due on April 1st. If you have unpaid fees you will be receiving communication on how to pay these fees and when they will be due. The letters linked below will be sent to you if you have unpaid fees:
NEW! Find links to the most up to date information for growers and residents on our Citrus Quarantine Program page ***Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Information***
NEW! Pesticide Container Recycling Event (JUN 2021)
The County of San Diego Pesticide Regulation Program will be hosting a Pesticide Container Recycling Event on Saturday, June 5th, 2021. Please see this flyer for more information. Due to the changing situation with COVID-19, please check our website for updates prior to the event.
NEW! *** STOP USE*** AGRO GOLD WS/WEEDSLAYER
Please see the California Department of Agriculture’s (CDFA) Notice (linked below) of the statewide quarantine of the product AGRO GOLD WS which is within the box that contains the organic herbicide WEEDSLAYER. CDFA’s State Organic Program has issued a STOP USE on the products.
NEW! Organic Training Available
UCANR is offering free organic online training to farmers who want to learn organic production practices for California. The program provides a combination of written content, videos and do-it-yourself exercises that allow students to follow along at their own pace and test their grasp of the knowledge. To obtain a link to the training, submit a request at https://ofrf.org/beginning-farmer-training-program.
Nursery License Renewal Late Fees
AWM would like to share some information provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on nursery license fees. The guidance provides direction on how to avoid a late payment charge when renewing your nursery license.