Lawn Watering Regulations

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

Lawn water regulations do not apply to edible gardens.  Trees, shrubs and flowers (excluding edible plants) may be watered on any day from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler or on any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container or drip irrigation.

Residential Lawn Watering Allowed During Stage 1

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

Stage 1 Residential Restricitons

Non-residential Lawn Watering

Properties with mixed zoning will be considered non-residential.

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday 1am - 6am, Friday from 4am - 9am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday from 1am - 6am, Friday 4am - 9am
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers with a sprinkler is allowed any day between 1am – 9am

Lawn Watering Permits

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 1, 2018.

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 and 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
New Lawn with Clover No Fee

Contact Info

Tel: 604-983-7333

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