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Landscape Requirements

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

The standards contain 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.

Please note: Several documents for Landscape Plan Check are New (indicated below). Please use these new items effective immediately.

Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation Standards:

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.

Landscape Water Demand Calculators

Plan Set Elements

Plan Set Resources 

Plan Submittal and Revisions

Landscape Project Inspection

Last updated: Friday, 05/01/2020

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