What if my neighbors don't control noxious weeds on their property?
When it comes to weed control, it is important that we all be good neighbors because weeds know no property boundaries and easily spread in the wind, across fence lines, down ditches, and on animal fur and tire treads. However, many people are still unaware of their weed management responsibilities. Thus, the first step is to make sure your neighbor knows about the infestation his/her responsibility to comply with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (PDF). We have found that most people will voluntarily take appropriate action to control the spread of invasive plants on their property once they become aware of the problem.

Pitkin County prefers cooperation with landowners to formal enforcement. We are available to assist landowners with identifying weeds on their property and developing a satisfactory weed management plan. In addition, the Pitkin County Weed Management Plan (PDF) contains a wealth of information about weed ID and control in Pitkin County.

In cases of non-compliance, local governments do have authority to enforce the Colorado Noxious Weed Act. This can include obtaining a warrant to enter the property, perform weed management, and assess the costs of management as a lien on the property. Visit the noxious weed Enforcement for more information.

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1. What is a noxious weed?
2. What is the Colorado Noxious Weed Act?
3. What are the noxious weeds in Pitkin County?
4. Are these the only weeds we need to be concerned about?
5. What if my neighbors don't control noxious weeds on their property?
6. Who pays for weed control?
7. How can I get help identifying weeds on my property?
8. What should I do if I find noxious weeds on my or someone else's property in Pitkin County?
9. I have introduced biological controls to control an infestation. Can the county still require additional control measures?
10. How can I help prevent the spread of noxious weeds?
11. How can Pitkin County help me?
12. Who are the municipal noxious weed contacts in Pitkin County?