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Posted on: February 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Weed Removal

Weed Removal

PHOENIX (February 26, 2019) – It is that time again when weeds become a major nuisance in Maricopa County.

Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) encourages property owners to be aware of the potential health impacts caused by dust from weed removal.

A permit from MCAQD is required when removing weeds by mechanized equipment (discing, blading or scraping) if this activity disturbs more than 1/10 of an acre. If the weeds are removed with a mower, weed eater or hand tool, a permit is not required.

Regardless of how weeds are removed, if the surface is disturbed during removal, it must be re-stabilized to prevent airborne dust that could become an air quality concern. Stabilize soil crust by applying water or other form of soil stabilizer. Rock or asphalt millings are another option.

Residents may report air quality concerns or dust control issues by calling the department at 602-372-2703 or filing a report online at

For more information on weed removal and/or permit requirements, contact the MCAQD Business Assistance Office at (602) 506-5102 or visit the department’s website

- See more: Weed Removal Flyer


About Maricopa County Air Quality Department

The mission of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is to improve the air of Maricopa County so customers, residents and visitors can live, work and play in a healthy environment. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.

The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Visit to learn more.

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