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The Green Building Ordinance (SMMC 8.108 Subpart A - Landscape and Water Conservation Section) contains recent updates to the Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards.  The "Landscape Standards" work to ensure efficient water use, the elimination of urban runoff and the promotion of healthy and diverse habitats for all existing and new landscapes.  

The update has detailed requirements for new landscapes, modifications to existing landscapes and the ongoing maintenance of landscapes and are as effective as the State's Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.  



Updated Standards 10/25/16:  
Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards 

Summary of Changes to the Standards: 
Summary of Changes

Guidelines for Complying with the Standards: 
Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Guidelines 

Plan Submittal Information for New Development Projects

New development projects, or projects where 50% or more of the exterior walls are being demolished, will trigger the Green Building Ordinance landscape plan requirements.

Plan Set Elements

Plan Set Resources 

Plan Submittal and Revisions

Landscape Project Inspection


Prior Standards: December 2015 - October 2016

Water-Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards -effective 12/1/15 pdf(1)

Ordinance - effecive 12/1/15 

Prior Standards: February 2012 - December 2015

2012 Water-Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards (use this version for permits issued between 2/1/2012 and 11/30/2015) 

2012 Ordinance (use this version for permits issued between 2/1/2012 and 11/30/2015) pdf(1)

Last updated: Tuesday, 04/17/2018

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