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Weed Control Act of Ontario

This Act is enforceable in Chatham-Kent beginning May 15. It serves to protect public health and the farming and horticultural industries by preventing the spread of noxious weeds.

What is the Public Works Role?

  • We post A Notice To Property Owners in our local newspapers every spring.

  • If a property is in violation a notice of infraction under the Weed Control Act will be issued to the property owner allowing 7 days to adequately maintain the property.

  • If the property is still in violation after the 7 day period, Public Works will arrange to have the property cut. 

  • All costs and an administration fee will be charged against the land in taxes as set out in the by-law for each cut.

  • Only one notice per property, per year is given.

  • For any further violations in the year, Public Works will proceed straight to a property cut.

Long Grass and Weed Height By-Law

This by-law is enforceable from April 1 through to November 1.  It serves to protect public health and helps to maintain property standards. All properties not subject to the Weed Control Act must cut the grass and weeds on their property when it exceeds 20 cm or 8 inches.

What is the Public Works Role?

  • We post a Notice to Property Owners in our local newspapers every spring.

  • Every owner of land not subject to the “Weed Control Act” shall cut grass and weeds on such land whenever the height of such grass exceeds twenty centimetres (20 cm) or (8 inches) and shall remove cuttings from the premises. 

  • If a property is in violation a notice of infraction under the Grass/Weed Height By-law will be issued to the property owner allowing 3 days to make the premises conform to the requirements of the bylaw.

  • If the property is still in violation after the 3 day period, Public Works will arrange to have the property cut. 

  • All costs and an administration fee will be charged against the land in taxes as set out in the bylaw for each cut.

  • Only one notice per property, per year is given.

  • For any further violations in the year, Public Works will proceed straight to a property cut.

Please call 519.360.1998 to report a violation or email CKpw@chatham-kent.ca.