Weed Inspection Program

Weed inspector working in a field

Transportation and Agriculture Service's annual Weed Inspection Program assists in controlling the spread of noxious weeds. 

Enforcing the Weed Control Act

Even though some noxious weeds have attractive flowers, they are a serious concern in Alberta and must be controlled as required under the Alberta Weed Control Act. Since these plants are destructive to our natural habitat, the province requires that all residents stop the growth and spread of noxious weeds on their property. 

It is Strathcona County's responsibility to enforce the Weed Control Act in an effort to limit the spread of noxious weeds. We do that with the help of our weed inspectors during the summer.

Primary role of a weed inspector:

  • Be a weed information resource for the residents of Strathcona County.
  • Inspect all public and private lands for noxious and restricted weeds.
  • Respond to and follow up on complaints.
  • Issue weed notices in accordance with the Weed Control Act and follow through on compliance.

Weed inspectors can also: 

  • Assist residents in identifying weeds on their property.
  • Help residents choose the most effective method(s) to control their weeds.
  • Provide information or other resources about native plants.
  • Give presentations about noxious weeds, ornamental noxious weeds, or the Weed Inspection Program in Strathcona County.
  • Work with landowners to create a weed management plan for highly infested areas of land. 

Resident responsibilities:

  • Familiarize yourself with the plants found on the noxious weed list.
  • Monitor your property regularly for noxious plants.
  • Ensure you do not allow noxious and prohibited noxious weeds to grow or flower on your property. Control weeds early.
  • Prevent the spread of weed seeds by limiting the movement of contaminated hay, wood chips, gravel, manure and soil. One of the most common methods of moving weed seed is contaminated mud that gets tracked on your vehicle.
  • Do not plant wild flower seed mixes - these are most often contaminated with noxious weeds.

We appreciate and welcome residents’ assistance in looking after their own property, reporting weeds they see on public lands, and sharing their knowledge with friends and neighbours.

Strathcona County also does its part by looking after public land, ditches and right of ways with our Rural Roadside Vegetation Control Program.

Weed Notices

A weed notice is a legal document issued by Strathcona County Weed Inspectors notifying a property owner of weed infestations. As a landowner, it is your responsibility to control noxious weeds on your property. If you do not, the County will undertake this work at your expense.

  • 1. I received a weed notice. What am I supposed to do now? Permanent link to I received a weed notice. What am I supposed to do now?

    Once you have received a notice, you have approximately one week to control the weeds in any way you find most convenient. The exception to this is if you live in Sherwood Park, other hamlets, or on a property that is less than one acre, then you must also mow even if you spray a herbicide.

    Once you have controlled the weeds, please call our office number as listed on the weed notice and let us know your name, property location, and the best phone number that we can reach you at if there are any problems. 

    Inspectors will return to your property for a re-inspection and to ensure that you have controlled all of the weeds and that none were missed. If there are any areas that require more work, the inspectors will contact you at the number you provided. The weed notice is still active until all the work is complete.

  • 2. What if I do not control the weeds or call back? Permanent link to What if I do not control the weeds or call back?

    If you do not call and let us know that the weed control is completed, our weed inspectors will re-visit the property shortly after the due date and re-inspect.  If weed control was not completed, a “work order” is created.  This means that Strathcona County will contract out the weed control.  The owner will be sent an invoice for the amount of work with an additional administrative fee.

    Sometimes, if a homeowner sprays their weeds with herbicide it may not look completed when the inspector comes to take a look and they will start a work order.  Please call!  

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Last updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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