Lawn Watering Regulations

Stage 1 of Metro Vancouver's Water Shortage Response Plan is in effect every year from May 15 to October 15.


Stage 1 lawn watering regulations are in effect every year across the region help conserve drinking water during the hot and dry summer months. During this time, lawn watering outside the designated days and times is prohibited and violations may result in fines under Delta Water Service Bylaw No. 7441, 2016. Regulations apply to all properties including single-family and multi-family residential properties and commercial, institutional and industrial non-residential properties. 

With Stage 1 regulations lawn sprinkling is permitted at the following times:

Residential lawn watering allowed:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings from 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday mornings from 4 am to 9 am

Delta Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

Non-residential lawn sprinkling allowed:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday, Wednesday mornings 1 am to 6 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday mornings from 1 am to 6 am 
  • All non-residential addresses: Friday mornings from 4 am to 9 am 
A healthy lawn only needs one hour of water a week including rain.

For more details visit Metro Vancouver Lawn Watering Regulations.

Watering Exemption Permits

If you plant a new lawn during the lawn watering regulations and require additional watering, you can apply for a temporary watering exemption permit from the Delta Municipal Hall and the North Delta Recreation Centre. Permits are valid for 21 days and allow lawn watering seven days a week between 4 am and 9 am. Permits must be displayed in a front window. The current rate for a watering exemption permit is $56 including taxes.

Nematode Treatment for European Chafer Beetle Control

Watering exemption permits are available for the application of nematodes to control the European chafer beetle. Nematodes are most effective when applied between late July and mid-August and require lawns to be thoroughly watered before and after application. Above permit conditions apply. Proof of nematode application is required (receipt for nematode purchase or notification from company providing nematode treatment service). For more information about nematodes and the chafer beetle, visit our Invasive Insects webpage.

Report a Watering Violation

Contact Delta’s Property Use and Compliance Division at 604-946-3340 to report a watering violation.

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