Lawn Watering Regulations

Lawn watering regulations are in effect throughout Metro Vancouver from May 15 to October 15. During Stage 1, lawn watering is permitted three times a week between the hours of 4am - 9am.

Sprinkling regulations do not apply to watering flowers and vegetable gardens, decorative planters, shrubs and trees unless otherwise notified.

Residential Lawn Watering

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 4am - 9am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 4am - 9am

Non-residential Lawn Watering

Properties with mixed zoning will be considered non-residential

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday from 1am - 6am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday from 1am - 6am
  • All non-residential addresses: Friday mornings from 4am – 9am

Further Information:


The City of North Vancouver will issue lawn watering permits for new lawns and for the application of nematodes to treat European chafer beetle infestations. To apply for a permit please bring the required information, outlined below, to the Engineering, Parks and Environment Desk at City Hall.

Nematode Application for European Chafer Beetles

When treating your lawn with nematodes as a biological control for European Chafer beetles, the City of North Vancouver will grant a two week permit to water your lawn outside of the daily watering restrictions above. Under the permit, lawn watering is only permitted between the hours of 4am – 9am, any day of the week. The two week period must end prior to August 15th. There are no fees for these permits, but you will need to provide proof of address and a purchase receipt for nematodes.

New Lawns

The City of North Vancouver will grant a three week permit allowing you to water your new lawn(s) outside of the daily summer lawn watering regulations above. Three weeks of appropriate watering should  be sufficient to establish your healthy new lawn. These permits will only be issued for new lawns planted later than May 15, 2016.

Lawn watering is only permitted between the hours of 4am – 9am. This permit does not authorize unlimited watering.  Common sense must apply and sprinklers must not be left unattended. Filling an empty tuna can (2.5 cm) next to the sprinkler is all you should need for the week!

To purchase a new lawn watering permit you will need to pay the applicable fee (see below) and provide proof of address. We do not require proof of purchase of lawn seed or sod.

Lawn Watering Permit Fee
Single Family/Duplex $30.00
Multi-Family $75.00
Commercial/Industrial $150.00

Contact Info

Tel: 604-983-7333

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