Noxious Weed Control Bylaw
Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw No. 179 (consolidated for convenience only) requires property owners to prevent the growth of noxious weeds and tall grasses and to provide for the cutting or destruction of noxious weeds and tall grasses.
It applies to all Regional District of Central Okanagan electoral areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland .
As of January 1, 2014, all weed complaints in the District of West Kelowna should be directed to the municipality Bylaw Enforcement department - 778-797-8820.
- Noxious weeds are defined as any plants commonly known as weeds and all grasses must be kept under 8 inches in height.
- Bylaw requirements include cutting and mulching OR removal of all grasses and weeds that have been cut or otherwise destroyed.
- Dandelions are not considered to be weeds
For Roadside vegetation:
- In the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, contact ARGO Maintenance at (250) 769-1397
- In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (formerly Ellison/Joe Rich), contact ARGO Maintenance at (250) 765-3942.
You may view BYLAW NO. 179 here. Please note it is a consolidated bylaw, provided for convenience only. It is not the legal or correct version of the bylaw.
WHEN and HOW OFTEN CAN YOU REPORT A PROBLEM?
As soon as the growth height has exceeded 20.32 centimeters (8 inches) and as often as necessary during the season which is April 1st through to September 30th.
How to Register a Complaint
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone - (250) 469-6218.
- It is helpful if you include any or all of the following:
- civic address or best detailed description of problem location
- any owner or occupier information (if known)
- your specific concern
- your name, address and phone number, so the inspector can contact you for further information (not mandatory, but helpful and is not given out)
Please note that the bylaw is not enforced pro-actively. Your complaint must be registered for each property, however, where a specific problem is reported, other properties nearby may be included for enforcement. Working farms are exempt from the provisions of the bylaw.
Become a Weed Warrior!
The Regional District of Central Okanagan encourages you to help fight invasive weeds before they set their roots. We've created a handy pamphlet with plenty of information that will help you 'Be a Weed Warrior' and join the fight against pervasive predators such as Tansay Ragwort, Leafy Spurge, Puncturevine, Rush Skeltonweed and Yellow Starthistle.
We also encourage young people to pick up the charge by learning to identify weeds and help prevent their seedy spread throughout our region. If you are interested in obtaining a Weed Warrior deck of playing cards, please contact our Noxious Weeds Bylaw Officer at 250-469-6218.
Follow these links for an Information Poster for young people and an Information Poster for Adults. We also have prepared an Identification Poster that helps you identify dozens of invasive weeds! You can download your own website resolution version here, or if you would like a higher resolution poster, please email email@example.com.
An alert has been issued regarding the appearance of the invasive Puncturevine weed. View a news release and photo here.
During the summer of 2004, public attention was drawn to the potential threat of an invasive weed moving into the Central Okanagan. Tansy Ragwort has been found in the Chute Lake area. Click here to learn more about the weed and how to identify it.
Other Legislation and Resources:
THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA requires all property owners to control noxious weeds and lists specific weeds as noxious.
The Open Learning Agency has developed a comprehensive resource GUIDE TO WEEDS IN BC with the cooperation of the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Information provided at this site includes:
- Legal status
- Habitat, ecology, biology & distribution
- Management strategy
You may also wish to view the WEEDS BC website.