Protecting the Health of our Community and Environment:
What You Need to Know about Pesticide and Fertilizer Use in South Portland 


The use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers on all public and private property is restricted in the City of South Portland (except in very limited circumstances). The City’s Landcare Management Ordinance (LMO) was enacted to create and foster vibrant landscapes that protect the health of people, pets, pollinators, and our critical waterways. The LMO 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 is charged with advising the City Council and Sustainability Director on the ongoing implementation of the ordinance.


In November 2020, the South Portland City Council approved amendments to the Landcare Management Ordinance (Chapter 32). Updates include minor changes to the existing pesticide-use provisions (now under Article I) and a new section for fertilizer use provisions (under Article II). The amendments became effective in early December 2020.

Amendments also include soil quality requirements for new development projects. Learn more



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)




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How the Ordinance was Created


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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.