Charlotte County's Fertilizer Ordinance ...
Lawns Green and Waterways Clean

Important Note:

Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program - the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control can process applications for Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificates.

Beginning in January of 2014, ALL commercial fertilizer applicators MUST BE certified by this Bureau in order to make ANY TYPE of fertilizer application to commercial turf or ornamental areas; and/or the turf or ornamental areas of parks or fields (other than agricultural areas), and/or the turf or ornamental area of any residential property.

Prior to issuance of this certification, the applicator MUST PROVIDE proof of having received training in "Green Industry Best Management Practices".  These classes are offered by the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The following link will provide you Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the IFAS website addressing how to obtain this training.


Fertilizer Ordinance Update
March 2012

The Charlotte County Fertilizer Ordinance was written in 2008 to allow for maintaining healthy landscapes while still keeping our water  clean.  The Ordinance was amended in 2011 with two important changes.  As we approach the rainy season here in Charlotte County, please keep in mind that as per the County Fertilizer Ordinance No. 2011-017 no fertilizer containing Nitrogen or Phosphorus may be applied from June 1st to September 30th to turf or landscape plants.  This period of time is known as the “Restricted Season”.  Additionally, there is now a limit as to how much Nitrogen can be applied per year.  This limit is now no more than 4 pounds of actual Nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year total. 

Please also familiarize yourself with our website on the Fertilizer Ordinance and how you can maintain your yard as a Florida-Friendly Landscape™ and keep our water resources clean at

This Ordinance applies to both homeowners and those who apply fertilizer commercially within unincorporated Charlotte County.

For more information, please contact the Charlotte County Extension  Office at 764-4340.



On June 14, 2011, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 2011-017 regulating the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous on Charlotte County lawns.  It establishes Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for both residential and commercial turf fertilizer application.  The ordinance will enable Charlotte County to protect our water resources from nutrient pollution, while enabling residents to maintain beautiful and healthy lawns. 

The new ordinance requires fertilizer contain at least 50% slow-release
nitrogen.  For a full list of the ordinance’s stipulations, download the
official ordinance brochure.

All commercial fertilizer applicators MUST receive
training and certification in Best Management Practices
from Charlotte County Extension Service. 

Click below for more information.



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