A 2015 Executive Order (EO B-29-15
) directed DWR to update the State’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, a 1993 landscape ordinance that’s now a building code related to landscape design and installation. Since 2015, the law directs Land Use Authorities (cities and counties) to ensure MWELO compliance on development projects with landscaped areas of 500 square feet or more. This applies to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects that require a permit, plan check, or design review. Land Use Authorities are also responsible for enforcing the ordinance.
Cities who fall under this law must submit an annual form to DWR by Jan. 31, for the previous year.
This webinar is meant to inform cities on how to comply with this state law and provide technical assistance with the compliance process.
Thursday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m.
In advance of the webinar, meeting materials can be found on DWR’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) webpage
, including a handout
on SB 205 implementation.
Questions regarding complying with this law can be directed to Julie Saare-Edmonds
, senior environmental scientist, Landscape Program, Water Use and Efficiency at (916) 651-9676.