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Rebate Programs

Grass Replacement Rebates

Before and after photos of a grass replacement project funded through the City's rebate

Photo of front yard number one before replacement Photo of front yard number one after replacement

Due to an unprecedented volume in rebates being processed by the City's Outdoor Water Conservation Rebate Program, we are experiencing delays issuing rebate checks to our customers. We apologize for this delay and anticipate that checks will be processed approximately 12-15 weeks from the time all project invoices are deemed complete. (For grass and micro-irrigation rebates this is generally 12-15 weeks after your post-site inspection.)

Thank you for your patience during this temporary delay.

Update: Funding for the City of San Diego's Grass Replacement and Micro-Irrigation rebate programs has been exhausted, and applications are no longer being accepted. We thank all of you who are participating in the rebates and for making the choice to go water-wise.

The City is, however, still accepting applications for rain barrel rebates. This program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the pages in the table below to learn more.

Grass Replacement With 25% or More Living Landscape

City of San Diego customers with qualifying grass areas can receive rebates of up to $1.50 per square foot when replacing the grass in their front, side or backyards with a minimum of 25% living plant material. Qualifying plants must be very low to moderate in water use, non-invasive and cover at least 25% of the total project area when fully grown. The remaining 75% of the project area must consist of pervious surface that helps reduce stormwater runoff.

Grass Replacement with Less than 25% Living Landscape

Customers with qualifying grass can receive rebates up to $1.00 per square foot when replacing grass in their front, side or backyards with less than 25% living landscape (at full maturity) with the remaining area consisting of pervious surface that helps reduce stormwater runoff.

How Much Of A Rebate Can I Get and How Much Grass Can I Replace?

Grass Replacement Project Area Plant Coverage Rebate Per Square Foot Maximum Rebate Amount Minimum Square Feet Maximum Square Feet
Residential
A minimum of 25% of the plant coverage in the project area $1.50 $3,600 400* 2,400
Less than 25% of plant coverage in the project area $1.00 $2,400 400* 2,400
Commercial
A minimum of 25% of the plant coverage in the project area $1.50 $15,000 1,000* 10,000
Less than 25% of plant coverage in the project area $1.00 $10,000 1,000* 10,000
Photo of house with water-wise plants

*Minimum of 400 square feet can be waived if replacing 100% of grass in front yard.

For Residential Customers

For Commercial Customers

What Does Not Qualify for the City's Grass Replacement Rebate?

  • Projects that have been started or completed before a pre-site inspection has been conducted by the City
  • Installation of vegetable gardens where grass once was
  • Lighting, fences, tools, retaining walls, taxes, fees and tariffs
  • Water features and fountains
  • Properties that use recycled water for irrigation
  • High water-use and invasive plants
  • Parkways (sidewalk strips)

Additional Incentive Opportunities

If you live in the County (are not a City of San Diego customer) you should check with your own water agency's website for any information that may be available regarding rebates.

Report water waste by calling 619-533-5271 or email waterwaste@sandiego.gov.

General Water Conservation Information: 619-533-7485