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

New water restrictions are in effect as of May 1, 2022. Lawn watering is permitted only one day per week.

Stage 1 Lawn Watering Regulations

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.

Find out 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).

During Stage 1 the following is permitted:

  • An automatic shut-off device (spray nozzle) is required on hoses
  • Water your vegetable garden anytime
  • Washing a car or a boat any day at anytime with a handheld hose on gravel area or paved area where wash water can not enter any stormwater drains
    • We recommend using a commercial car wash which uses less water and treats the waste water.
  • Washing or pressure washing outdoor surfaces any day at anytime 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  -
    automatic watering between 5:00 am and 7:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am 
  • Odd numbered addresses: Sundays -
    automatic watering between 5:00 am and 7:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am
  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 5:00 am and 9:00 am, or any time by hand or using drip irrigation.

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

Non-residential Addresses

  • Even numbered addresses: Mondays - automatic watering between 4:00 am and 6:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am
  • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesdays - automatic watering between 4:00 am and 6:00 am, and manual watering between 6:00 am and 9:00 am
  • Trees, shrubs and flowers can be watered with a sprinkler any day between 4:00 am and 9:00 am, or any time by hand or using 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 $38. Permits related to natural pest control are free. All permits are valid for a period of 21 days.

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