Pesticide-free

The 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.  

Please report the application of illegal pesticides, using the Service Request System. Pesticides can only be applied by Certified Pesticide Applicators in the City of Kelowna. 

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. Pesticides often amplify lawn and garden problems and pose a risk to people, pets, wildlife and beneficial insects (like bees and ladybugs). Rainfall and over watering can cause excess pesticides and fertilizers from your lawn and garden to run off via storm drains into our creeks and lake, impacting the health and habitat of fish and aquatic organisms. 

We encourage residents to use  Healthy Yard practices  to grow a healthy, natural lawn.

Pesticide notification registry

If you would like to be notified prior to commercial pesticides being applied to abutting properties, you can register with the Pesticide Notification Registry during the registration period each year. The registry is for residents within the City of Kelowna only and is open annually in February and March.The registry is now closed for 2017.

The Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry was established for residential property owners who wish to be informed when commercial spray operations (using pesticides including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides) are occurring on abutting residential properties. 

Notification only applies when commercial spray operators are applying pesticides to residential properties, and is not applicable if a resident or neighbouring agricultural property is applying the pesticides.

 

Pesticide Bylaw FAQ
Can I still use fertilizers?

Yes, unless the fertilizer contains herbicides. The majority of weed and feed type products are not permitted because they contain pesticides not permitted under the bylaw.  Read the label  on the product under the GUARANTEE, and avoid products that contain ingredients like 2, 4-D, mecoprop or dicamba. Instead of buying these products, use a natural fertilizer made of organic compost, such as  Ogogrow or Glengrow . This will increase the health of your soil and healthier lawn will be more likely to choke out weeds and retain moisture.

Which pesticides are allowed under the bylaw?

The provincial government created a complete list of pesticides that will be excluded from the bylaw, meaning you will be able to use them even when the bylaw is in effect. 

See the pesticide bylaw  Schedule 2 - Excluded Pesticides  to view the list of excluded pesticides. To understand this list, you must be able to read the label on the pesticide container.

Choose pest control products only if they contain one of the following active ingredients listed under the Guarantee:

  • Soap
  • Mineral oil, also called dormant or horticultural oil
  • Silicon dioxide, also called diatomaceous earth
  • Biological pesticides including Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and nematodes
  • Borax, also called boric acid or boracic acid
  • Ferric phosphate
  • Acetic acid
  • Pyrethrum or pyrethrins
  • Fatty acids
  • Sulphur
  • Corn Gluten Meal
Are there any exemptions to the bylaw?

Yes. The bylaw refers to residential properties only.  

The following are exempt the bylaw:

  • certified pesticide applicators
  • noxious weeds and insects
  • fruit trees
  • vegetable gardens
  • agricultural land and farms
  • greenhouses
  • pests that transmit human diseases
  • excluded Pesticides 

To apply for an additional exemption, please contact ask@kelowna.ca or phone 250-469-8982. 

Are strata corporations included in the residential pesticide bylaw?

The bylaw applies to all residential lands, including strata land.

Can ‘weed killer’ and/or ‘round up’ be used in a commercial properties (e.g. campground/RV Park)?

The bylaw applies to residential properties only; however, we are encouraging residents to use  Healthy Yard  practices to grow and maintain a pesticide-free property. 

How do licensed applicators apply for an exemption?

A person may apply to the Environment Manager for an exemption in the form prescribed for that purpose by the Environment Manager. 

When granting an exemption under section 8(b) of Bylaw No. 9920, the Environment Manager may impose one or more conditions relating to: the species of Pest to which the Pesticide may be applied, the Pesticide that is allowed to be applied, the area of land on which the Pesticide may be applied, and an application prescription that outlines information such as the frequency and the period of time in which the Pesticide may be applied. (Consolidated Bylaw No. 9920) 

How can I dispose of my old pesticides properly?

Please do NOT dispose of your pesticides at the landfill or in your garbage.  

Year round disposal of pesticides and other hazardous materials with a corrosive, poison or flammable symbol on the label is available at the Battery Doctors at 1972 Windsor Rd. For more information about hazardous waste disposal call Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or visit the Regional District .

How will this bylaw be enforced?

The bylaw will be enforced through complaint only.  A person who violates this bylaw will be subjected to a minimum fine of $500 up to a maximum fine of $10,000.