Nevada Weed Management Association, PO Box 150033, Ely NV 89315
Nevada Weed Management Association

Laws and regulations


The spread of noxious weeds and non-native invasive plant species has  substantial environmental and economic impacts in Nevada.  As a result,  the State has enacted laws requiring the control of noxious weed  species: Noxious Weed Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 555 and Noxious Weed Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).  Furthermore, cooperation with state, local, and other federal agencies  in the application and enforcement of all laws and regulations relating  to the management and control of noxious weeds and non-native invasive  plant species is required by the federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974, as amended (7 United States Code 2801 et. seq.).

Noxious Weed Control Laws

The State Quarantine Officer conducts the noxious weed program in the  manner outlined in NRS 555. The Inspection and Destruction of Noxious  Weeds Section of NRS 555 advises that the control of noxious weeds is  the responsibility of every landowner or occupant. The following are  excerpts from these statutes:

NRS 555.130 - The State Quarantine Officer declares which weeds are noxious to the State.

NRS 555.150 - Every landowner or occupier, whether private, city, county, or  federal shall cut, destroy, or eradicate all noxious weeds as required  by the State Quarantine Officer.

NRS 555.160 - The State Quarantine Officer shall ascertain the name of the owner or  occupant of infested lands. The State Quarantine Officer may serve  notice in writing upon the owner or occupant to cut, destroy or  eradicate the weeds within such a time and in such a manner as described  in the notice.

NRS 555.170 - Should the owner/occupant fail, neglect, or refuse to comply, the  State Quarantine Officer may notify the board of county commissioners  for the county in which the property is situated. The county board of  commissioners shall proceed to have cut, destroyed, or eradicated the  weeds in accordance with the initial notice.

NRS 555.180 - Control costs not paid by the owner shall be a lien against the  property and shall be collected as provided by the law for the  collection of other liens.

NRS 555.202-208 - Provides for the creation of a weed district that would be authorized  to undertake the above steps to control weeds designated by the  district.

NAC 555.035 - A list of Nevada's weed control districts

NAC 555.010 - A list of Nevada's noxious weeds

Nevada Department of Agriculture Regulatory Program

All noxious weeds in our state are regulated by the Nevada Department of  Agriculture (NDA) Noxious Weed Regulatory Program, the mission of which  is to effectively coordinate resources and efforts toward proactive  prevention, control and management of invasive weed species in Nevada to  benefit all land users in the state. The objective of the noxious weeds  regulatory program is to eradicate newly introduced weeds noxious to  Nevada or contain or slow the spread of those limitedly established by  enforcing the laws set forth in the Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) and  Nevada Administrative Code (NAC). Because of the invasiveness and  destructive nature of noxious weeds, preventing establishment and spread  and controlling those that have become established is essential to  protecting Nevada's crops, livestock, public health, wildlife, water  quality and beneficial uses of land.