By-Law concerning the use of pesticides


Pesticides 300The City of Beaconsfield has a by-law regarding the use of pesticides on its territory. Pesticides are harmful products whose use is likely to pose a health risk and lead to contamination of water, air and soil. It is important to take the necessary measures to limit their use. However, when it is essential to use pesticides, it must be done with respect for the health of citizens and the environment.

In Beaconsfield, it is prohibited to use and apply pesticides outside buildings. 

On the other hand, By-Law BEAC-114 adopted unanimously at the June 2017 Council Meeting provides certain exceptions, such as the use of low-impact pesticides.

Authorized products

The use of "low impact" or "reduced risk" pesticides, considered less harmful to the environment, is permitted under the By-Law concerning the use of pesticides. The products authorized by the City are:

These products are not very harmful to the environment and human health when used properly. It is important to follow the application instructions provided on MSDS and product labels. However, it is better to consider other methods of control before starting pesticide treatment (see the section ecological lawn on the website). 

* Neonicotinoids: Note that since June 2017, it is now strictly prohibited to use pesticides from the Neonicotinoid family on the territory of the City of Beaconsfield. These pesticides have been determined to be toxic to insects, including bees.

Pesticide Contactor Registration 

registration form
An annual registration certificate is required for each contractor who applies pesticides within the territory of the City of Beaconsfield. To obtain this certificate, you must complete the required form and provide the following information and documents to our Public Works Department.

You must fill out a request and provide the following information and documents:

  • The surname, given name, address, telephone number and email address of the owner of the company.
  • A legible photocopy of the Quebec Ministry of the Environment permits held by your company under the Pesticides Act, for each class of pesticide used.
  • A legible photocopy of the certificates issued to users at your company holding a certificate of competence by the Quebec Ministry of the Environment under the Pesticides Act.
  • Proof of liability and professional insurance of $2,000,000;
  • The brans, model, year and copy of the registration certificate of any road vehicle to be used by the pesticide contractor in the territory of the City;
  • List of all pesticides including synthetic and low impact pesticides that you currently have in stock or plan to use this year.
  • The payment of $50. Payment methods are cash, check or debit card.


For a list of contractors registered with the City, please contact the Public Works Department at 514 428-4500


If we notice contravention to this by-law, statement of offence will be issued immediately. Any infraction is liable to a maximum fine of $4,000. 

Download the Annual Contractor Registration Form (PDF)


checkMarksTemporary Pesticide Application Permit

In the case of major infestation, a temporary permit may be asked to the City. Please call Public Works at 514 428-4500 and an inspector will go onsite to evaluate the situation. The inspector may issue a permit that will be valid for 10 days from the issue date. Major infestations include the presence of insects, mold or other harmful agents, except for weed, that have spread over 50% of a property or more than 5 m2 of a garden's surface. Infestations must be a human safety or health hazard, or pose a threat to the survival of trees and shrubs or animal life. The owner will have to complete the required form and pay the fees mentioned in the Fees Regulations for obtaining the permit.

 A owner who omit to obtain a temporary permit before proceeding with the application of pesticides on his land is liable to a statement of offense.