Man watering a tree with a hose

Learn about seasonal watering restrictions in Surrey and see how you are affected.

Outdoor watering restrictions within the Metro Vancouver region, including the City of Surrey, are in effect from May 1 to October 15 each year. Such watering restrictions are divided into four escalating stages, starting with stage one. 

During stage 1 watering restrictions, any lawn watering, either by sprinkler or by handheld hose, is permitted only two times per week. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device (spray nozzle). Find out when you can water at your address during stage 1.

Violations during this phase will result in a $200 fine. Any complaints received, or observed violations, may result in fines imposed under the Bylaw Contravention Fines (see page 25).

Report a Water Restrictions Violation

Call: 604-591-4340 or Report Online

Residential Addresses

  • Even numbered addresses: Wednesday and Saturday from 4am to 9am
  • Odd numbered addresses: Thursday and Sunday from 4am to 9am
  • Watering flowers, planters, shrubs, and trees  on any day from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation

Apartments and townhouses follow the complex address, not the individual unit numbers.

Non-residential Addresses

  • Even numbered addresses: Monday from 1am to 6am, Friday 4am to 9am
  • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday from 1am to 6 am, Friday 4am to 9am
  • Watering flowers, planters, shrubs, and trees  on any day from 1 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler, or any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation

This includes businesses and mixed-use complexes (i.e. residential with commercial buildings).

For more details on water restrictions in Surrey, refer to the Drinking Water Conservation Bylaw and Metro Vancouver's Drinking Water Conservation Plan.

Special Water Permits

Special water permits are available for new lawns, newly seeded lawns or lawns under natural pest control, such as nematode treatments to control European Chafer Beetles. Development sites are not exempt from water restrictions and require a permit for new lawn or seeds. 

Apply for a lawn sprinkling permit

Email your name, address, contact number and receipt (for new lawn, seed or natural pest control) to lawnsprinklingpermits@surrey.ca

Sprinkling permits for new lawns or seed are $37. Permits related to natural pest control are free. 

For more information about lawn sprinkling permits, call 604-591-4340, option 5.