Watering Regulations

Watering Restrictions Are in Place From May 1 to October 15



Did You Know?


Did you know that one hour of lawn watering uses as much water as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads COMBINED? Remember, your lawn only needs about one inch of water (about one hour of watering) per week to stay healthy.

Your cooperation will help save water and reduce the risk of more severe restrictions. For more information on water treatment and supply, water conservation and reservoir levels, please visit the Metro Vancouver website.

Stage 1


Water Restrictions Do Not Apply to the Use of Rainwater, Grey Water or Any Forms of Recycled Water.

Compliance & Enforcement


Effective May 1, City staff working in the field will be dropping off notices when they observe people who are not in compliance with the Stage 1 watering restrictions. In addition, City staff will also be responding to complaints that are received on our Operations line 604-463-9581. The addresses where this information is dropped off are being logged and any further non-compliance will be turned over to Bylaw Services, which may result in fines.

Allowed in Stage 1 (Residential):


  • Watering lawns twice per week
    • Even-numbered addresses on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Odd-numbered addresses on Thursdays and Sundays from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Newly turfed or seeded lawns may be watered more frequently, provided a permit (PDF) is first obtained from the Engineering Department (with proof of seed/sod purchase).
  • Lawns being treated for European Chafer Beetles (PDF) may be watered more frequently, provided a permit (PDF) is first obtained from the Engineering Department (with proof of purchase of Nematodes).
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers excluding edible plants
    • On any day from 4:00 am to 9:00 am if using a sprinkler
    • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container or drip irrigation
  • Washing impermeable surfaces
  • Topping up or filling aesthetic water features
  • Topping up or filling pools and hot tubs
  • Washing vehicles and boats

Allowed in Stage 1 (non-Residential):


  • Watering lawns twice per week
    • Even-numbered addresses on Mondays from 1:00 am to 6:00 am
    • Odd-numbered addresses on Tuesdays from 1:00 am to 6:00 am
    • All addresses on Fridays from 4:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Newly turfed or seeded lawns may be watered more frequently, provided a permit (PDF) is first obtained from the Engineering Department (with proof of seed/sod purchase).
  • Lawns being treated for European Chafer Beetles (PDF) may be watered more frequently, provided a permit (PDF) is first obtained from the Engineering Department (with proof of purchase of Nematodes).
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers excluding edible plants
    • On any day from 1:00 am to 9:00 am if using a sprinkler
    • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container or drip irrigation
  • Watering golf courses
  • Washing impermeable surfaces
  • Topping up or filling aesthetic water features
  • Topping up or filling pools and hot tubs
  • Washing vehicles and boats
  • Commercial vehicle washing