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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, 2021.

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)
  • Device used (e.g. auto sprinkler)
  • 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 with the use of nematodes. Using BTG products will not qualify for lawn watering exemption permits. 

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 consecutive days from the permit start date.
  • Payment of $50.00 (includes tax) is required before permit issuance.
  • For residential properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 consecutive days, Monday to Sunday, between 4:00–9:00 AM.
  • For commercial properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 consecutive days, Monday to Thursday, between 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 applying for an exemption permit:

  • You must show a current dated receipt for nematode purchase.
  • For residential properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 consecutive days, Monday to Sunday, between 4:00–9:00 AM.
  • For commercial properties, your permit can be used for a period of 21 consecutive days, Monday to Thursday, between 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

Apply for your Lawn Watering Permit online with the City’s My Permits Portal. The portal allows you to register, apply for your permit, view your permit status and pay online by credit card.

You can also complete the Lawn Watering Exemption Permit application form and email to engineering@burnaby.ca.

Please allow a minimum of three (3) working days to process a complete submission. 

An invoice will be sent upon receipt of a completed application form. The application will be assessed after full payment is received.

We accept credit card, debit, cash or cheque. Per the City of Burnaby Fee Recovery Bylaw 13640; for payments made by credit card a fee of 1.75% will be charged at the time of the transaction to recover the costs the City of Burnaby pays for accepting credit cards as payment.

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