Orange County Government, Florida

Fertilize Responsibly

Facts you need to comply with the fertilizer ordinance

Request a presentation on Fertilizer Management Ordinance Compliance.
Retailers must display a fertilizer application regulation poster anywhere fertilizer is sold. Request posters at
Commercial Applicators need a vehicle decal for proof of training. Request yours at

Residents take the free On-line Fertilizer Training!

Protect Our Surface Waters

Many fertilizers contain nitrogen and phosphorus. Often referred to as "nutrients," they enter our stormwater system or directly into our surface waters after rain events when landscapes are over-fertilized. These excess nutrients promote algae growth and cause water quality problems in our springs, lakes and rivers.

Follow The Rules

All Applicators

  • All areas of property covered by lawn, turf and landscape plants are subject to this ordinance.
  • Fertilizers containing phosphorus are prohibited unless soil test shows deficiency.
  • Year-round, any nitrogen containing fertilizers applied in Orange County must contain 50% slow release nitrogen until 65% slow-release type becomes available (expected by July 2020).
  • No fertilizer or grass clippings shall be deposited on streets, driveways or in stormdrains.
  • Deflector shields must be in place when spreaders are used next to streets, inlets, ditches, conveyances and waterways.
  • No fertilizer can be applied within 15 feet from waterways.
  • Maintain a 10 foot low maintenance zone (planted area with no fertilizing, mowing or maintenance) adjacent to water bodies.
  • No fertilizer shall be applied when the National Weather Service issues the following advisories: severe thunderstorm warning or watch, flood warning or watch, tropical storm warning or watch, or hurricane warning or watch.

Residents (Homeowners) and Commercial applicators

  • Unless you have annual proof of training, no fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus may be applied in Orange County between June 1 to September 30.

Commercial applicators only

  • Commercial applicators must show proof of training by displaying decals on vehicles used during application.
  • Proof of training must be provided in order to obtain an Orange County local business tax certificate for businesses that provide landscape services.

Retail Businesses

  • Retail businesses that sell fertilizer must post a notice provided by Orange County regarding the ordinance.
  • Retailers who need a poster(s) for their establishment may click here to obtain and print the poster(s) or send an email to to get posters mailed to their business.

Business exemption

  • Golf courses, bona-fide agricultural operation and sports fields are exempt from the ordinance.

Consequences of Noncompliance

Home applicators

  • First violations: written notice
  • Second violation: $50.00 fine
  • Third and subsequent violations: $100.00 fine

Commercial applicators

  • First violations: written notice
  • Second violation: $500.00
  • Third and subsequent violations: $750.00 fine

Contact Us

Orange County Environmental Protection Division
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: (407) 836-1400
Fax: (407) 836-1499

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.