This Government of Alberta booklet contains useful information about which weeds are classified as noxious or prohibited noxious in our province.
Edmonton is full of vibrant and beautiful communities. The City of Edmonton works with communities to reduce the spread of regulated weeds by educating citizens to identify, prevent and control noxious/prohibited noxious weeds. These plants might look harmless, but they can do serious damage to our local ecosystem.
- They are beautiful
- You can purchase them at local greenhouses or big box stores
- It is difficult to distinguish between ‘good’ plants and noxious/prohibited noxious plants
Please refer to thebrochure to learn which plants are harmful and which plants are native alternatives.
The City doesn't regulate nuisance weeds, like dandelions, on private property but does control both noxious and nuisance weeds on public property using green turf management practices.
Prevention is Best
Control noxious and prohibited weeds early by regularly inspecting your property. Educate yourself on noxious and prohibited noxious weeds using the Weed Identification page.
- Noxious weeds must be controlled — mowing is often enough to control them
- Prohibited noxious weeds must be destroyed so they cannot spread
- Be cautious when planting non-native seed mixes, as noxious weeds can be part of the mixes
- Choose native plants that are not invasive
Check out some tips to keep your yard healthy.
Municipal Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the city for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds, as well as promptly responding to citizen complaints. If regulated weeds are found on your property, you will receive a Local Authority notice to remove or control the weeds on your property.
If you do not comply with the directives in the notice, the City has the authority under the Alberta Weed Control Act to enter your property without notifying you and initiate remedial weed control and/or destroy measures. All costs incurred by the City are added to your property tax bill. Costs vary on the amount of infestation and area to be cleared, but range from $250/mow to $5,000/mow or more.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about noxious and prohibited noxious weeds:
- Educate yourself on noxious and prohibited noxious weeds using the Weed Identification Page
- Call 311 and provide the 311 agent with your name, address, phone number, and a description of your concern
Responding to Your Complaint
After you call 311, the City:
- Creates a file specifying your concerns
- Sends a Municipal Enforcement Officer (MEO) to investigate within 4 business days
- Delivers a warning notice to the property owner within 10 days containing directions for remedying the problem
- Issues an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost if there is non-compliance