Lawn Watering Regulations

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


Stage 1 water use regulations are in effect every year across the region to help conserve drinking water during the hot and dry summer months. During this time, watering lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers outside the designated days and times is prohibited. 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 watering is permitted at the following times:

Residential Watering Guidelines:


Lawn watering allowed:

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

Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers (excluding edible plants) allowed:

  • On any day from 4 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler
  • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

Delta Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

Non-residential Watering Guidelines:


Lawn watering allowed:

  • Even-numbered addresses: Monday from 1 am to 6 am and Friday from 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday from 1 am to 6 am and Friday from 4 am to 9 am

Watering trees, shrubs, and flowers (excluding edible plants) allowed:

  • On any day from 1 am to 9 am if using a sprinkler
  • On any day at any time if using a handheld hose, soaker hose, water container, or drip irrigation. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off device.

A healthy lawn only needs one hour of water a week including rain. Register for our free workshop on Gardening with Water Restrictions to learn how to keep your lawn and garden healthy this summer.

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. Proof of purchase of lawn seed or sod is required.

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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