The City of Kelowna's Pesticide Bylaw, established in 2009, regulates cosmetic, nonessential pesticide usage on residential properties. Pesticides include such products as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and weed and feed type products.
A list of less toxic, excluded pesticides can be found in Schedule 2 of the bylaw document. Read the label to determine if the pesticide is permitted under the bylaw.
Why reduce pesticides?
Pesticide use can negatively impact the health of our community and environment.
Using home and garden pesticides may not always be the best solution. Often times pesticides amplify lawn and garden problems and pose a risk to people, pets, wildlife and beneficial insects (like bees and ladybugs). Rainfall and overwatering can cause excess pesticides and fertilizers from your lawn and garden to run off via storm drains into our creeks, impacting the health and habitat of fish and aquatic organisms.
The City is encouraging residents to use Healthy Yard practices to grow a healthy, natural lawn. Please report the application of illegal pesticides, using the City's Service Request System. Pesticides can only be applied by Certified Pesticide Applicators in the City of Kelowna.
Making it second nature
As part of the Pesticide Free education and awareness campaign, the City offered free workshops designed to provide the residents with knowledge and tools to make healthier, more environmentally-friendly yard maintenance choices.
View the Pesticide Free Workshop videos:
Download the Pesticide Free workshop handouts for information on seasonal yard care, pesticide-free alternatives for common Okanagan weeds and more.
Pesticide Notification Registry
Residents who would like to be notified prior to commercial pesticides being applied to abutting properties can register with the Pesticide Notification Registry before March 15 each year.
For more information about the City's bylaw or to order free educational materials, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 250-469-8881.
For specific information on pesticide alternatives, please contact your local nursery/garden center.