Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw

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There is a growing body of evidence that implicates pesticide exposure to the increased occurrence of cancers and other serious health conditions. As many other municipalities across Canada and Prince Edward Island have done, Charlottetown has chosen to restrict the use of cosmetic-pesticides that may threaten human health or the environment, as a precautionary measure. 

What is the bylaw?

As of January 1st, 2017 the City of Charlottetown’s Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw came into effect. The bylaw restricts the application of non-domestic pesticides for the control of pests within the municipality.

Who does the bylaw apply to? 


The bylaw applies to Charlottetown residents and businesses seeking commercial application of non-domestic pesticides.

Municipalities have been granted the authority by the Province of PEI to regulate non-domestic pesticides, which are those applied by a commercial applicator.

The province will continue to regulate the use of non-domestic pesticides on agriculture land, golf courses, forests, and on or inside buildings, along with all domestic pesticide products. 

Homeowners can continue to purchase products from local retailers to apply themselves or can continue to work with licensed applicators who can work within the bylaw to provide ongoing service. 


The current bylaw provides for an exception in the case of an insect infestation. The homeowner or applicator must pay a $50 administration fee with their application for an exception and prove the infestation meets the threshold outlined in the bylaw.


Similar to other bylaws, it will be enforced by responding to complaints. There are penalties for non-compliance as outlined in Section 7 of the bylaw. 



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Naturally Healthy Lawns

It is best to achieve a healthy lawn through regular maintenance. A naturally well maintained lawn is less vulnerable to pests, weeds, drought, and other problems in the first place.

Set Realistic Expectations

A truly green lawn is a diverse one. Often plants that are considered weeds are beneficial and a moderate presence of these types of plants actually help keep your grass looking lush and green due to their hearty characteristics.

Mow High

Adjust your mower blades to cut your grass to a height of 6 to 8 centimeters (2.5 to 3 inches) instead of to the lowest setting. Cutting at this height, instead of shorter, promotes growth, prevents weeds, and discourages insect pests.

Get Help 

Professional lawn care companies and pesticide applicators still have access to lower toxicity, organic, non-domestic pesticides allowable under the bylaw (listed in Appendix A of the bylaw) to help deal with pests and weeds. They also offer services to perform regular maintenance to avoid issues before they arise.

See our full list of Naturally Healthy Lawn Tips for more information on how to keep your lawn looking great, naturally!