Water restrictions and lawn sprinkling permits

Summer lawn watering regulations are in effect from May 1 - October 15. Stage 1 residential lawn watering hours are currently in effect.

Water use across the region can increase by 50% in summer and early fall, for swimming pools, growing food, maintaining sports fields, and other social and community-building uses.

But a lot of water is also used to green our lawns, wash our decks or driveways, and for other lower-priority uses. Metro Vancouver's region-wide watering regulations are an effective way to help use our drinking water wisely.

When you can water under Metro's regulations

Metro's Water Conservation Plan is designed to reduce demand for drinking water through specific water restrictions, which are implemented in four stages (the higher the stage, the more restrictive). Summer restrictions take effect on May 1 each year, and remain in place until October 15.

Residential lawn watering hours

House number  Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Even
(eg. 2330 Smith Ave)
Wed, 4am-9am
Sat, 4am-9am
Wed, 4am-9am
 
None allowed None allowed
Odd
(eg. 2331 Smith Ave)
Thur, 4am-9am
Sun, 4am-9am
Thur, 4am-9am
 
None allowed None allowed

 

Non-residential lawn watering hours

House number  Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Even
(eg. 2330 Smith Ave)
Mon, 1am-6am
Fri, 4am-9am
Mon, 1am-6am
 
None allowed None allowed
Odd
(eg. 2331 Smith Ave)
Tue, 1am-6am
Fri, 4am-9am
Tue, 1am-6am None allowed None allowed

 

Hours for other residential water uses

Type of use Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Flowers, trees, shrubs, planters (excluding lawns) Any time
  • hand watering
  • drip irrigation
  • spring-loaded shut off nozzles
Limited
  • Sprinklers, 4am-9am, any day 
Any time
  • hand watering
  • drip irrigation
  • spring-loaded shut off nozzles
Limited
  • Sprinklers 4am-9am, any day,
Any time
  • hand watering
  • drip irrigation
  • spring-loaded shut off nozzles 
None
Vegetable gardens Allowed Allowed Allowed Not allowed
Car and boat washing Spring-loaded shut off nozzles only Spring-loaded shut off nozzles only For safety only
(Car washes open)
For safety only
(Car washes closed)
Surface and power washing Allowed For safety or painting only
(Commercial businesses exempt)
For safety or painting only (Commercial business example) Not allowed (unless ordered by a regulatory authority)

Learn more about watering rules and restrictions

For complete details of Metro's water stages, and to find out more detail about what you can and can't do during each stage, review their Drinking Water Conservation Plan Summary:

Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan Summary

Permit to water during summer lawn sprinkling restrictions

You can apply for a lawn sprinkling permit to water your lawn daily for three weeks (between 4am and 9am) during summer restrictions.

You qualify for a permit if you are:

  • installing a new lawn
  • applying nematodes to your lawn to treat a chafer beetle infestation
  • restoring your lawn following District-led street works

Permit fees

The permit costs $52 and is good for 21 days. The fee is waived if:

  • you have a receipt to show that you have purchased nematodes
  • your lawn is being restored following District-led street works

How to apply online

As District Hall and the Operation Centre is currently closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for your lawn sprinkling permit online.

  $52 fee (new lawns)  Fee waived (nematodes or DNV restoration)
Step 1 Download the application form Download the application form
Step 2 Complete the application form and email it to us: enquiries@dnv.org Complete the application form and email it, along with an electronic copy of your nematode receipt if applicable (photo or scan) to: enquiries@dnv.org
Step 3 After receiving your application, we will email you a web link to pay the $52 fee online by credit card. Once we receive your payment, we will email your permit. This step can take 1-3 days. Within 1-3 days of receiving your application, we will email your permit

 

How to apply through the mail

If you do not have access to email, please print, fill out, and mail the documents below to District Hall.

355 W Queens Rd
North Vancouver, BC
V7N 4N5