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Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinanceseedlings water efficient landscape

In compliance with State and local requirements, City of Berkeley requires permitted projects with new landscape area of 500 square feet or greater and renovated landscape area of 2,500 square feet or greater to comply with the following regulations in order to reduce waste in both new and established landscapes:

California Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) 
Effective January 1, 2010, California State law requires the City of Berkeley to enforce the State Ordinance. WELO reinforces landscape irrigation and water conservation best practices currently required by EBMUD Section 31 Regulations. On December 1, 2015 WELO added additional requirements. For more information about updates to WELO, see http://stopwaste.org/preventing-waste/landscape-policies-ordinances/welo

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Section 31 Water Efficiency Regulations
As the public water agency serving the City of Berkeley, EBMUD regulates water efficiency for water service customers. All applicants for new and expanded water services are required to comply with specifications in the Water Efficiency Requirements checklist. 

Bay Friendly Basics Landscape Requirements
The Bay-Friendly Basics represents the 9 required practices from the Bay-Friendly Landscape Scorecard. It is considered a minimum set of practices to improve the environmental performance of the landscape. Projects are recommended to meet all applicable measures on the checklist. For measures that are not applicable or are not in the project's scope of work, check "N/A" and make a note of why the measure does not apply to the project (attach additional sheets if necessary).

Project that meet the threshold above are required to submit the following:

Prior to issuance of  Zoning Permit

Prior to issuance of Building Permit

 For more information:

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