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.

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:

Beneficial Nematodes                                   
How to use BTK                                                 
Battling dandelions                                                 
Soil test kits                                                 
Discouraging weeds

Download the  Pesticide Free workshop handouts  for information on seasonal yard care, pesticide-free alternatives for common Okanagan weeds and more.

Learn more

For more information about the City's bylaw or request educational materials, email  pesticidefree@kelowna.ca .

For specific information on pesticide alternatives, please contact your local nursery/garden center.