Applying for a Waiver

Before applying a restricted pesticide under the Pesticide Use Ordinance, applicators must request a waiver and receive approval from the City. This applies to each application.

There are only two approved reasons for requesting a waiver:

  1. For an existing situation that threatens public health and safety

  2. For the control of invasive plants that pose a threat to the environment

Note: Pesticide use for the management of invasive insects (as defined by the Maine Forest Service) is exempt under the ordinance; therefore no waiver is needed.

When applying for a waiver, the applicant shall provide substantial proof that they have exhausted all reasonable alternatives to the use of restricted pesticides. In deciding waiver requests, the PMAC waiver committee will assess the application on the reasons above and these four conditions:

  • The applicant has carefully evaluated all alternative methods and materials.

  • The applicant will, to the greatest extent practical, minimize the impact of the application on abutting properties and nearby water resources.

  • The applicant will carefully consider weather predictions to avoid applying pesticides immediately prior to rain events and/or windy conditions.

  • The grant of the waiver will not be detrimental to the public health, safety, or welfare.

Restricted pesticides shall only be applied after a waiver is granted by the City.

To apply for a waiver, either:

Submit an online application or download a form (PDF). Paper copies of this form are also available at City Hall. Completed forms may be emailed to, or mailed or delivered to City Hall, 25 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04106.

Notification will be provided to the applicant within 5 business days.