The City of Weyburn, as an Urban Municipality, acknowledges The Government of Saskatchewan’s Noxious Weeds Act, 1984, commonly referred to as “The Weed Control Act”. This is a Provincial Law to control noxious weeds in residential neighbourhoods and other urban areas, including private and public properties. The City of Weyburn is responsible for administering the control and prevention of any plant species that has become established within the boundaries of the City of Weyburn that has been declared noxious under “The Noxious Weeds Act, 1984”. Briefly, this Act specifies that the control of weeds is the property owner’s responsibility and, where there is a problem, the City has the authority to destroy the weeds and collect the cost from the property owner.
The prohibited noxious weeds include Field Bindweed, Leafy Spurge, Bladder Campion, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Crest, and Toadflax. Other noxious weeds that are less difficult to control but a concern when not controlled include Stinkweed, Green Foxtail, Cochia, Dandelions, Sow Thistle, Foxtail Barley, Purple Strife, Russian Thistle, and Barnyard and Couch Grass in Lawns.
Presently, the City of Weyburn enforces the Act on a complaint basis and through City-wide surveillance by the City Weed Inspector. After receiving a complaint, the City Weed Inspector will investigate the infraction and respond by serving an order in accordance with the Noxious Weeds Act, which gives specified directions as to what procedures to follow and a reasonable time frame to respond. Failure of the property owner to take corrective measures within the time given will result in the City’s Parks Department staff disposing of the specified noxious weeds at the property owner’s expense.
This is not a one-way street. If you are aware of weed problems on a City property, please let us know so that we can take control measures.
All inquires and complaints pertaining to The Weed Control Act should be directed to the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 306.848.3250.