Grass Replacement Rebates
City of San Diego CII (Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional) water customers may be eligible to receive a rebate for grass replacement up to $1.50 per square foot (minimum 1,000 SF and up to 10,000 SF). Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For program requirements and to understand the application process, please review the grass replacement rebate guidelines.
City of San Diego residential customers may also be eligible for a rebate through San Diego County Water Authority’s Sustainable Landscapes Program.
DO NOT remove your turf grass before you are officially approved by the program!
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.
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|
|A minimum of 25% of the plant coverage in the project area||$1.50||$15,000||1,000||10,000|
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)
- Artificial turf
See guidelines for more information.
City of San Diego Rebates Hotline: (619) 533-4126
County water ratepayers (not City of San Diego customers) should check with their water agency's website for information regarding rebate availability.