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Weed Control on Private Property

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The Government of Alberta regulates the spread of noxious weeds and prohibited noxious weeds through the Weed Control Act.

The City doesn't regulate nuisance weeds, like dandelions, on private property but does control both noxious and nuisance weeds on public property using green turf management practices.

Prevention is Best

Control noxious weeds early by regularly inspecting your property. A healthy lawn can prevent the establishment of most weeds. Check out some tips to keep your yard healthy. Choose native plants that are not invasive. Be cautious when planting non-native seed mixes, as noxious weeds can be part of the mixes. Educate yourself on prohibited weeds using the Weed Identification page.

Enforcement

Municipal Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the city for noxious weeds, as well as promptly responding to citizen complaints. If regulated weeds are found on your property, you will receive a Local Authority notice to remove or control the weeds on your property. If you do not, the City has the authority under the Act to enter your property and initiate remedial weed control measures. All control costs incurred by the City are added to your property bill.

Costs vary on the amount of infestation and area to be cleared but range from  $250/mow to $5,000/mow or more.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about noxious weeds:

  • Discuss the concern with the property owner.
  • If you are unable to resolve the issue with the property owner directly, call 311.
  • Provide the 311 agent with your name, address, phone number, and a description of your concern.

Responding to Your Complaint

After you call 311, the City:

  1. Creates a file specifying your concerns.
  2. Sends a Municipal Enforcement Officer (MEO) to investigate within 4 business days.
  3. Delivers a warning notice to the property owner within 10 days containing directions for remedying the problem.
  4. Issues an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost if there is non-compliance.

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca