Grass and Weeds

Municipal Roadways

Our Public Works Department provides rural roadside mowing to improve visibility and to prevent weeds and grass from encroaching on our roadways. If there are areas with restricted visibility causing traffic concerns, call 519-360-1998 or email ckpw@chatham-kent.ca.


Weed and Long Grass By-Laws

Chatham-Kent uses both the Weed Control Act and Chatham-Kent's Long Grass and Weed Height By-Law to control long grass and weeds on private property. These measures serve to protect public health and maintain property standards, as well as the farming and horticultural industries by preventing the spread of noxious weeds.

The Long Grass and Weed Height By-Law is enforceable from April 1 through to November 1.  All properties not subject to the Weed Control Act must cut the grass and weeds on their property when it exceeds 20 centimetres 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 will cut grass and weeds on their property whenever the height of such grass exceeds 20 centimetres or 8 inches and shall remove cuttings from the premises. 
  • If a property is in violation, a notice of infraction under the Long Grass and Weed Height By-Law will be issued to the property owner, allowing 3 days to make the premises conform to the requirements.
  • 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 for each cut will be charged against the land in taxes as stated in the by-law.
  • Only one notice per property, per year, is given. For further violations in the year, Public Works will proceed straight to a property cut.

Please call 519-360-1998 or email ckpw@chatham-kent.ca to report a violation.


Municipal Property and Public Parks

The Municipality contracts out urban grass cutting services for our municipal parks and properties. If you notice a municipal park or property that requires attention due to weeds and long grass call 519-360-1998.


Public Notice of Pesticide Use

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent intends to apply ClearView Herbicide along all rural portions of Chatham-Kent's roads. Notice is hereby given that the Municipality of Chatham-Kent intends to apply ClearView Herbicide (Reg. No.29752) containing the active ingredients: Aminopyralid, present as potassium salt and Metsulfuron – Methyl, in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant (Reg. No. 28277), containing active ingredients methyl and ethyloleate (esterified vegetable oil), under the Pest Control Products Act for the purposes of noxious weed control every fall season along all rural portions of Chatham-Kent's roads. The application will be weather permitting and confined to weed-infested portions of the right-of-way.

For further information, contact Steve Ford - Green Stream Lawn & Vegetation Management Inc. by calling 905-510-1229 or email info@green-stream.ca. For concerns or to request a map of the affected locations, please call Public Works at 519-360-1998 x 3970 or email ckpw@chatham-kent.ca.