State Regulations for California

Date Revised: 11/21/2018

Governing Body: 

California Department of Public Health

License Required for Day Camps : 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
License Information: 

Permitting is done by local or county health departments.

Cailfornia Local Health Department Information

California Department of Health | Organized Camps

As part of the regulations for Organized Camps there needs to be a qualified Health Supervisor on site.


Criminal Background Checks Required: 
Criminal Background Checks Information: 

Department of Justice Records Review Unit
PO Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203
(916) 227-3460

FBI processing fee: $17.00 (employee applicant type) or $15.00 (volunteer applicant type)

$32.00 DOJ processing fee, for a state level CORI search

Application for Youth Organizations

State Allows FBI Checks: 
Driving Record Checks: 

An individual may obtain a copy of their driving record by filling out the Request for Record Information form. The form can be downloaded from the California DMV website.

The cost of an automated computer printout is $5 and the cost to receive a photocopy or hardcopy of the record is $20.

State Sex Offender Registry: 
Minimum Wage: 

$10.50 per hour

$15.00 within San Francisco Details

$13.23 within Oakland Details

$13.50 within San Jose Details

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions: 

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt by state law or wage order; State law exemptions: certain organized camp employees (but see subminimum wage); individuals participating in certain national service programs

Subminimum Wage: 

Organized camp employees (includes students and camp or program counselors): at least 85% of minimum wage for a 40-hour week; if hours worked are less than 40 hours a week, at least 85% of minimum wage for each hour worked.

State law: For occupations required to pay a minimum wage, Industrial Welfare Commission may issue special licenses to apprentices, learners, or handicapped workers and nonprofit organizations authorizing employment for a fixed time at a subminimum rate (see also wage orders below).

Minors: less than minimum wage permitted under wage orders (see below); notwithstanding wage orders, minors who are high school graduates (or with equivalent education) must be paid adult rate if they are doing the same quantity and quality of work as adults in the same position unless variations of pay rates are (in good faith) based on differences in seniority, length of service, ability, skill, duties, shift or time of day worked, or hours of work.

Wage orders: under all wage orders, learners age 18 or older may be paid 85% of minimum wage for first 160 hours of employment. Minors can be paid 85% of minimum wage (rounded to nearest five cents) provided number of minors employed does not exceed 25% of all employees (25% limitation not applicable during school vacations). Minors ageS 16 and 17 enrolled in approved work-experience programs who work between 10:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. must be paid adult minimum wage (except under California Wage Orders 15-2001, Household Occupations). Under California Wage Orders 8-2001 (Handling Products After Harvest) and 13-001 (Preparing Agricultural Products for Market on the Farm), minors must be paid adult minimum wage for all hours worked in any week that they work overtime.

Overtime Pay Requirements: 

1½ times regular rate after 8-hour day or 40-hour week in most industries (state employees: 8-hour day/40-hour week or 4-day/40-hour week) and for 1st 8 hours worked on the 7th consecutive day in a workweek. Double time for hours beyond 12 in a day or after 8 hours on 7th consecutive day in a workweek.

Overtime Pay Exemptions: 

Stable employees if paid 1½ times the regular rate of pay for hours worked over 10 in a day or 56 in a week; certain hourly-paid computer software employees (earning at least $49.77/hour); licensed physicians or surgeons who earn at least $64.18/hour and are engaged in performing duties requiring a license (excludes medical interns or residents and physician employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement); nurse practitioners who are primarily engaged in performing duties for which their certification was required; employees of skiing establishments if paid 1½ times the regular rate for hours worked over 56 in a workweek during ski season.

Meal/Rest Period Requirements: 

Meal period: 30 minutes after 5 work hours may be waived by mutual agreement if employee works no more than 6 hours per day. Additional 30 minutes if employee works more than 10 hours per day; may be waived by mutual agreement if total work hours do not exceed 12 and first meal period was not waived. Employee must be paid 1 extra hour of pay at regular rate for each workday a meal or rest period is not provided.

Rest period: 10 minutes for every 4 hours worked (taken in middle of 4-hour shift), by wage order, for employees in: professional, technical, or clerical, mechanical, and related professions; public housekeeping; laundry, linen supply, dry cleaning, and dyeing; mercantile; product handling after harvest; transportation; amusement and recreation; broadcasting; motion pictures; preparing agricultural products for market or farm; agricultural and household industries; and sheepherders. May be waived if work lasts less than 3½ hours.

Additional Info: 

CA Organized Camp- Health Supervisor Information

According to California Code of Regulations Title 17 Subchapter 6. Organized Camps section: 30750(c) There shall be a full-time adult Health Supervisor charged with health supervision at the camp when campers are present.

Section 30700(f) defines: “Health Supervisor” means a person who is either:

  • A physician
  • A registered nurse
  • A licensed vocational nurse who is licensed pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code
  • or a person who is trained in accordance with section 1596.866 of the Health and Safety Code.

CA Health and Safety Code 1596.866 states that this person:
shall have at least 15 hours of health and safety training that shall include:
(A) Pediatric first aid.
(B) Pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
(C) A preventative health practices course or courses that include instruction in the recognition, management, and prevention of infectious diseases, including immunizations, and prevention of childhood injuries.