For My Business



Pre-Approval Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a City of Santa Monica Water customer
  • The property had lawn in 2015-2017
  • Staff can verify the presence of lawn through Google Maps and the City’s GIS system or customer-provided dated photos
  • An online application was completed and submitted
  • The property did not already receive a rebate or grant for landscaping
    A property can only receive 1 yard rebate and 1 parkway rebate.
  • The signed Landscape Rebate Installation Requirements Form must be submitted
  • The signed and completed Form W-9 must be submitted

Complete Projects Must Have

  • Lawn removed in the converted area.
  • Climate-appropriate plants that cover at least 25% of the converted area.
  • City-specified drip irrigation or hand-watering.
  • If installing patios and walkways in your yard, they can have gravel, decomposed granite, pavers, un-grouted stepping stones or permeable paving. The converted area must be permeable to air and water.
  • Use organic mulch around plants and trees except ground cover (do not use gravel).
  • The completed Oaks Initiative Form for payees receiving $10,000 or more in rebate funding.
  • All landscaping and irrigation on the property must comply with the City of Santa Monica's Water-Efficient Landscape Irrigation Standards, including the project that is receiving rebate funds.

We have a mutual goal to save water and these requirements help to ensure your project will be sustainable and water-smart.

Complete Projects Must Not Have

  • Plants that look like lawn (single-bladed plants, seed mixes) such as buffalo grass or native bent grass
  • Plants in the Do Not Plant List
  • Artificial turf
  • Sprinkler irrigation
  • Invasive plants
  • Installed as part of new construction, new development, or major remodels
  • Gravel in the parkway or installed in the yard as mulch or in the planted areas