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Terms and Conditions

  • This is a herbicide exemption only. Pesticides to control pests other than weeds (for example, wasps) may still be used if necessary.
  • The initiator must ensure each petitioner is aware of the petition terms and conditions and provide copies of the petition terms and conditions to petitioners.
  • The petition shall include the printed and legible name, address, telephone number and signature of each person in agreement, as well as the date the petition was signed. For citizens that do not wish to disclose personal information on the petition form but would still like to support this petition, he or she may send a letter of support to the program coordinator directly.
  • Only one signature per residence will be accepted. In the case of multiple housing, such as condominiums or apartments, one signature per dwelling will be accepted. Normally it is the occupant of the dwelling, whether it is a renter or an owner, whose signature is considered valid. In the case of a dispute, it would be the landowner rather than the renter who determines their preference for the adjacent land.
  • The person signing the petition must be a resident of an immediately adjacent or abutting property and be at least 18 years of age at the time of the signing. In cases of dispute the landowner’s signature will be obtained.
  • Commercial, industrial, government, civic buildings, or vacant property are regarded as a single residence and a signature must be accompanied by written authorization (i.e. a letter written on company letterhead) to be considered valid.
  • In order to fulfill the intent of the petition, residents signing the petition shall represent a two-thirds majority (or 66%) of persons residing immediately adjacent to or abutting the petition site.
  • Schools that are stand alone with no one residing immediately adjacent to or abutting the school must have written approval from the School Principal.
  • Once the request is reviewed and the site is successfully petitioned, the program coordinator will provide the initiator of the petition with official written notice.
  • Areas eligible for petition are: neighbourhood parks, ravine areas, pipeline corridors, walkways, school grounds and utility right of ways (please refer to the definitions on the last page).
  • Areas that cannot be petitioned for exemption are: district parks, major parks, roadways, and boulevards (please refer to the definitions on the last page).
  • A successful petition shall hold the exemption in place until such time as residents adjacent to or abutting the site file a reversal petition and achieve a majority of signatures (two-thirds or 66%), thereby re-instating the designated area to be included in the City of Edmonton’s regular weed management program, which includes the potential use of herbicides.  




    • Refers to land shown as a road, or a road right of way, on a plan of survey filed or registered in a land titles office but does not include a Roadway (for example, median).

District Park

    • A large park located within a neighbourhood intended to be used by residents within a district (for example, Coronation Park or Jackie Parker Park).


    • Refers to any thoroughfare, street, road, trail, avenue, parkway, driveway, viaduct, lane, alley, square, bridge, causeway, trestleway or other place or any part of any of them, whether publicly or privately owned, that the public is ordinarily entitled or permitted to use for the passage or parking of vehicles.

Improved Trail

    • Refers to an identifiable path, track or public right of way on Parkland intended for use by pedestrians and Vehicles other than Motor Vehicles that has: (i) a surface width equal to or greater than one and a half metres; and (ii) an improved surface such as pavement, granular material or mulch or a maintained grass surface.

Major Park

    • Large park located in the river valley (for example, Rundle Park or Hawrelak Park).

Neighbourhood Park

    • Small park centrally located within a neighbourhood intended to be used by residents within a neighbourhood (for example, Inglewood Park, Lansdowne Park).


    • An organism that causes damage, is a nuisance or interferes with the health, environmental, functional or aesthetic objectives of human beings.


    • A substance that prevents, repels, alters or kills unwanted pests. Pesticides include insecticides used against insects, herbicides to control weeds, rodenticides for rodent control, fungicides to control fungi and so on.

Pipeline Corridor

    • A corridor for a pipeline with a turf or a combination of turf and concrete surface.

Ravine Area

    • A small valley including naturally wooded or grassy areas that may include developed turf.


    • Refers to that part of a Highway intended for use by vehicular traffic but does not include an Improved Trail or an Unimproved Trail.


    • Joint use (Parks/School Board) areas within the school ground property, excluding the school frontage.

Unimproved Trail 

    • Refers to an identifiable path, track or public right of way on parkland intended for use by pedestrians and vehicles other than motor vehicles that has: (i) a surface width equal to or greater than a half metre; and (ii) a natural surface.

Utility Right-of-Way

    • A corridor for utility lines such as power, water or natural gas, with a turf surface.


    •  A corridor for public foot traffic with a surface of turf or a surface combination of turf and concrete.


    • A plant that grows in a Parkland area that is not intentionally sown or planted and is deemed undesirable. 

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