- Fertilizer Ordinance
The Barrington Town Council has enacted Ordinance No. 2020-17 to conserve resources and protect our environment by regulating outdoor application of nitrogen and phosphorus-based fertilizers in order to reduce the overall amount of excess nitrogen and phosphorus entering the public waters.
Who Is Affected?
- Businesses and Organizations operating in Barrington
- Commercial Property
- Owners and Property Management Companies
- Homeowners, Residents and Landscape Contractors
- Houses of Worship
- Schools and Daycare Providers (public and private)
- Town of Barrington
Usage of Nitrogen and Phosphorus (Controlled Nutrients)
1) Should be organic, slow-release, water-insoluble application.
2) Only be applied to turf and other plants at the lowest rate necessary:
- Nitrogen: A single application not to exceed 0.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet and an annual aggregate total application not to exceed 1.0 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
- Phosphorus: Shall not be applied unless soil test identifies phosphorus deficiency.
Do Not Apply or Deposit Fertilizer
- Between November 1st and March 31st unless specifically approved in advance by the Town Council.
- On any Impervious Surface.
- Within 24 hours before or during a rain event forecasted by the National Weather Service resulting in more than .5 inches of precipitation in a 24 hour period.
- Within 100 feet of Public Waters Resources Areas.
- Agriculture and horticulture uses.
- Gardens, including vegetable and flower, trees, shrubs and indoor applications including greenhouses.
- In the first growing season, establishment of new vegetation or repairing of turf following substantial damage.
- Yard waste compost or other similar materials primarily organic in nature and applied to improve physical condition of soil.