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Watering Restrictions

Stage 1 of Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan, regardless of weather conditions, will be in effect May 1 to October 15, 2019.

Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan is a way to manage:

  • The demand for drinking water during summer months when rainfall is lowest and demand is highest.
  • Water shortages during an unforeseen emergency (eg earthquake, major service disruption).
  • Limited storage capacity of reservoirs.
  • Continued population and industry growth that have led to increased demand.

Learn more about Metro Vancouver's water conservation regulations and resources, and view Frequently Asked Questions.

Lawn Watering Regulations in Effect May 1 to October 15

Stage 1 Residential:

  • Even-numbered addresses Wednesdays and Saturdays 4:00–9:00 AM
  • Odd-numbered addresses Thursdays and Sundays 4:00–9:00 AM
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day, from 4:00–9:00 AM if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Stage 1 Non-Residential:

  • Even-numbered addresses Mondays 1:00–6:00 AM and Fridays 4:00–9:00 AM
  • Odd-numbered addresses Tuesdays 1:00–6:00 AM and Fridays 4:00–9:00 AM
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowers is permitted any day, from 1:00–9:00 AM if using a sprinkler, or any time if hand watering or using drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Note: Mixed-use buildings with both residential and commercial units should follow Non-Residential watering times and regulations.

The full list of water use regulations for homes, businesses, governments and schools for Stages 1 to 4 is available in Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan Summary, and more information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fines and Reporting Violations

Watering outside of the allowed days and times is subject to a fine in Burnaby based on the current stage of Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan.

  • Stage 1 $150
  • Stage 2 $250
  • Stage 3 $350
  • Stage 4 $500

To report lawn watering violations, please contact the Water Conservation Officers at 604-293-6528, or waterrestrictions@burnaby.ca. When reporting, please provide the following information:

  • Address
  • Date(s) and time(s) of the observed violation
  • Location of watering (e.g. front lawn)
  • Your name and contact details

Lawn Watering Exemption Permits

The City offers exemption permits in cases where the amount of water allowed would not be enough to keep your lawn alive. You can apply for a lawn watering exemption permit if you are:

  • Caring for a new lawn (sod, turf or seed)
  • Treating your lawn for European Chafer Beetles

Permit Requirements

New Lawns

New lawns can require more water than provided under the watering regulations. The City charges $50.00 (includes tax) for a new lawn watering exemption permit. No exemption permits will be issued under Stages 3 restrictions. Any permits issued under Stage 2 will remain valid during Stage 3 restrictions. If you are applying for an exemption permit:

  • You must show a current dated receipt for lawn seed, sod or turf.
  • Your permit is valid for 21 days from the date of purchase.
  • Payment of $50.00 (includes tax) is required at point of permit issuance.
  • For residential properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 days, Monday to Sunday, during 4:00–9:00 AM.
  • For commercial properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 days, Monday to Thursday, during 1:00–6:00 AM and Friday 4:00–9:00 AM.

European Chafer Beetles

When treating your lawn with nematodes to control European chafer beetles, 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 watering regulations, apply for an exemption permit.

If you are treating your lawn with nematodes to control European chafer beetles:

  • You must show a current dated receipt for nematode purchase.
  • For residential properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 days, Monday to Sunday, during 4:00–9:00 AM.
  • For commercial properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 days, Monday to Thursday, during 1:00–6:00 AM, and Friday, during 4:00–9:00 AM. 
  • The City does not charge for watering permits for treatment of European chafer beetle.

All issued exemption permits are subject to a site inspection by City staff to validate issuance of the exemption.

Apply for a Lawn Watering Exemption Permit

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

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We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

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