Growing Healthy and Safe with the Landcare Management Ordinance 

To create and foster vibrant landscapes that protect the health of people, pets, pollinators, and our critical waterways, the City of South Portland is restricting the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers on all public and private property except in limited circumstances. The City's Landcare Management Ordinance establishes organic landcare methods as the primary means to care for and maintain property in South Portland including lawns, gardens, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds. The Landcare Management Advisory Committee (LMAC) is charged with advising the City Council and Sustainability Director on the implementation of the ordinance.



In November 2020, the South Portland City Council approved amendments to Chapter 32 of the City’s ordinance. The new Landcare Management Ordinance includes minor changes to the existing pesticide use provisions, now under Article I, and an entirely new section for fertilizer use under Article II. All of these amendments became effective in early December 2020. In addition to regulating fertilizer applications on existing lawns and turf, Chapter 32 also includes soil quality requirements for new development projects. For more information please see this document.



For pesticides applications within South Portland, the ordinance requires all Maine licensed applicators to submit annual summary reports to the City with the same information required in the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (MBPC) Annual Applicator Report.

Please submit this information by mail* or by using our online South Portland Commercial Pesticides Applicator Annual Summary Report form.

 *If submitting by mail please send to: South Portland Sustainability Office at 25 Cottage Road (04106)


Why Restrict Pesticides

What You Need To Know About the Ordinance

Growing a Healthy Yard and Garden

Why Restrict Pesticides What You Need to Know
about the Ordinance
Growing a Healthy Yard and Garden


Events, Trainings & More

How the Ordinance was Created


Events, Trainings & More How the Ordinance was Created Demonstration Projects


The information contained in this site was drawn from multiple sources including: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Friends of Casco Bay, Beyond Pesticides, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Northeast Organic Farming Association, and the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.