If you are planting warm season grass you can apply for an exemption to the permanent water-saving rules or water restrictions.
Warm season grass requires less water than other types of grass and usually take four weeks to establish a root network. Once established, warm season grass is resilient and doesn’t need much watering.
A 28-day exemption allows new warm season grass to be watered outside of the watering times set under water restrictions or permanent water-saving rules. The exemption helps establish warm season grass so households can invest in the long-term water efficiency of their garden.
The exemption only applies to watering new warm season grass. After the exemption period ends, you are subject to the current stage of restrictions or permanent water-saving rules. Under these rules, you’re not allowed to water grass using a watering system during the day.
When we are assessing your exemption request, we will use the information in the water restriction by-laws and our Urban Water Strategy to decide whether to give you an exemption.
We’ll assess applications based on the information provided by you in this form and any additional information attached separately.