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

Stage 1 Lawn Watering Regulations

Outdoor watering restrictions within the Metro Vancouver region, including Surrey, are in effect from May 1 to October 15 each year.

The restrictions are divided into four escalating stages, starting with Stage 1.

When you can water your lawn

During stage 1 watering restrictions, any lawn watering, either by sprinkler or by handheld hose, is permitted only one day per week.

Select your property type, enter your address, and find out when you can water:

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Violations during this phase may result in a $200 fine. Any complaints received, or observed violations, may result in fines imposed under the Bylaw Contravention Fines (see Schedule 13).

Permitted activities during Stage 1 restrictions

  • An automatic shut-off device (spray nozzle) is required on hoses
  • Water your vegetable garden at any time
  • Washing a car or a boat any day at any time with a handheld hose on gravel area or paved area where wash water cannot enter any stormwater drains
    • We recommend using a commercial car wash that uses less water and treats the wastewater
  • Washing or pressure washing outdoor surfaces any day at any time with a handheld hose or pressure washer

  • Filling or topping up a pool, hot tub, ornamental fountain or water feature.

Report a water restrictions violation

Call 604-591-4340 or report online

Residential addresses

Even-numbered addresses: Saturdays
Odd-numbered addresses: Sundays

  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 5 to 9am, or any time by hand or using drip irrigation
  • Automatic watering: 5 to 7am
  • Manual watering: 6 to 9am

Apartments and townhouses follow complex addresses, not individual unit numbers

Non-residential Addresses

Even-numbered addresses: Mondays
Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesdays

  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 4 to 9am, or any time by hand or using drip irrigation
  • Automatic watering: 4 to 6am
  • Manual watering: 6 to 9am

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: $38
  • Newly seeded lawns: $38
  • Lawns under natural pest control, such as nematode treatments to control European Chafer Beetles: free

Development sites are not exempt from water restrictions and require a permit for new lawn or seeds. 

Apply for a lawn sprinkling permit

Email lawnsprinklingpermits@surrey.ca with your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Receipt (for new lawn, seed or natural pest control)

 All permits are valid for a period of 21 days.

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