Water exemption permits

Water exemption permits are available for new lawns and natural pest control using Nematodes.

When you can apply for an exemption

You can apply for a water exemption permit if you are:

New lawns can require more water than provided under the watering regulations.

If you are applying for an exemption permit:

  • You must show a receipt for lawn seed or sod.
  • Your permit is valid for three weeks from the date of purchase.
  • Watering is allowed from 4:00am to 9:00am.
  • Your permit must be visibly displayed on the property.

When treating your lawn with nematodes, your lawn should be as moist as a wrung-out sponge. The amount of water needed will depend on your lawn, soil depth, and weather conditions. If you need more water than provided under the sprinkling regulations, apply for an exemption permit.

If you are treating your lawn with nematodes to get rid of Chafer Beetles:

  • You must show a receipt for nematodes.
  • Your permit is valid for a three-week period from the date of purchase with no extensions.
  • Watering is allowed from 4:00am to 9:00am.
  • Your permit must be visibly displayed on the property.

When exemptions will not be issued

Water Exemption Permits will not be issued in Stage 3 or Stage 4 of the Water Shortage Response Plan, By-law 8912. Existing permits issued in Stage 1 or 2 can continue to be used in Stage 3 or 4.

Apply for your permit in person

Bring your receipt for lawn seed, sod, or nematode treatment, in person to:

Engineering Client Services
5th floor, 507 West Broadway
(at Cambie Street)

We are open Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

We accept credit, debit, cash, or cheque.

Permit fees

Taxes are extra.

Permit type  Cost 
New lawn  $35.31
Treatment for pest infestation $20