Frequently Asked Questions
Other Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Richmond's Pesticide Use Control Bylaw No. 8514:
How does the City of Richmond’s pesticide regulation compare to other municipalities within the Lower Mainland?
- Richmond’s Pesticide Use Control Bylaw is considered one of the most stringent in the Metro Vancouver region. Important points to note in Richmond’s Bylaw include:
- NO infestation exemptions or permits: the Bylaw does not permit any other exemption beyond those required under the BC Regulation 144/2004. (See Pesticide Use Control Bylaw No. 8514 for details)
- Applies to Hardscapes: the Bylaw restricts the use of conventional herbicides to control weed growth in cracks and pavement.
- Permits Biological Control: the Bylaw permits the use of biological control such as nematodes, Bacillus thuringiensis, Sclerotinia minor (fungi) and others to control pests.
How do I know what products are permitted and what products are restricted?
- Richmond’s Pesticide Use control Bylaw permits the use of “Permitted Pesticides” (Schedule A: Excluded Pesticides) and Biological Controls, as defined in the Bylaw.
- There are many chemical compounds that are restricted under the Bylaw. Most of the common pesticides are now restricted for lawn and garden beautification use, including: 2,4-D, Casaron, Dicamba, Glyphosate, Carbaryl and Malathion.
What is the City doing to encourage public support for natural and low-toxicity landscaping practices?
- The City’s campaign to raise awareness of the Bylaw provides residents with information on low-toxicity landscaping practices and solutions.
- Free workshops offered to the public promote low-maintenance and natural gardening and lawn care practices.
- Residents and strata councils are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that contractors adhere to the restrictions of the Bylaw.
What are the fines for using restricted pesticides?
- The Bylaw prescribes escalating fines for residents and/or businesses that do not comply. Fines are of escalating severity: $100 will be fined for the first offence, $500 for the second offence, and $1000 for the third offence. Any violation thereafter is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000.
How does the bylaw relate to Public Health issues?
- The Bylaw only applies to non-essential, cosmetic use of pesticides to control pests. It does not apply to rodent, mosquito control or indoor pests. However, the City advocates the Integrated Pest Management approach in such circumstances, and enforces the requirements of the City’s Public Health Bylaw No. 6989 – Subdivision Four – Pesticide Application – Notification and Signage Regulations.
For any questions or concerns regarding the new Pesticide Use Control Bylaw or for more information on sustainable lawn and year care practices, please contact the City at 604-276-4398.