San Francisco has adopted efficient irrigation design and landscape planting requirements to help reduce the use of pristine drinking water for irrigation. As of January 1, 2011, all projects with 1,000 square feet or more of new or modified landscape are required to comply with the Water Efficient Irrigation Ordinance.
How do I comply?
1. Determine if your project requires a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 application using the How to Comply Flow Chart. Tier 1 projects start at 1,000 square feet while all projects over 2,500 square feet are Tier 2 projects.
2. Submit the appropriate documentation for review by the SFPUC Water Conservation Section.
3. Install your landscape in accordance with your approved application.
4. Submit a Certificate of Completion to our agency.
Have a specific question about your project? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large Landscape Assistance
Large landscapes can be great opportunities for water savings, but may also involve more complicated design and irrigation systems. Creating a compliance plan allows large landscape owners to coordinate with us on the most efficient way to conserve water. Property owners with over 10 acres of landscape area may seek to comply with the Ordinance through a compliance plan.
Resources for Complying with the Ordinance
The San Francisco Plant Water Use List
The Low Water Use and Climate Appropriate Plant List
Water Efficient Irrigation Ordinance
SFPUC Rules and Regulation for Water Efficient Irrigation
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Compliance
Guidebook to Water-Wise Gardening in San Francisco