From May 1 to October 15, Stage 1 watering regulations are in effect. 

Lawn watering regulations have changed for 2022. Starting May 1, lawn watering is permitted one day per week.

Water restrictions are part of the regional Water Shortage Response Plan set by Metro Vancouver. Region-wide lawn and garden watering regulations help us use and preserve our drinking water wisely when water use is higher than usual and the weather is dry. During unusually hot and dry conditions, Metro Vancouver may determine the need to move to Stages 2-4 to maximize water conservation. The public will be advised in the event of that decision. 

Stage 1: residential lawn watering allowed

  • Even-numbered addresses: Saturday mornings
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Sunday mornings
  • Automatic watering: 5am to 7am
  • Manual watering: 6am to 9am

Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers is permitted any day from 5am to 9am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Edible plants are exempt from regulations.

Stage 1: non-residential lawn watering allowed

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday mornings
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday mornings
  • Automatic watering: 4am to 6am
  • Manual watering: 6am to 9am

Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day from 4am to 9am if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Edible plants are exempt from regulations

 Learn more about lawn watering regulations at metrovancouver.org/lawns.


Water Restrictions Do Not Apply to the Use of Rainwater, Grey Water or Any Forms of Recycled Water.

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Lawn Sprinkling Permits

Watering restrictions apply to all properties but we do offer lawn sprinkling permits for newly seeded and newly laid turf lawns. A permit is required to sprinkler outside regular restricted hours. Permits are $50 and are valid for three weeks after date of purchase. One additional renewal permit is allowed for additional $50.

To apply for a permit or for more information, please call  604-465-2428 and leave your name,a phone number and address. The $50 permit fee can be mailed in or put in the secured drop box the at the main doors of City Hall.

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