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Program Overview

Turf grass is one of the most water-intensive plants in your landscape. Its high water use and frequent maintenance make it a time-consuming and expensive landscape option. By replacing turf with a California Friendly™ landscape you could save on your water bill, reduce landscape maintenance costs, and show that your organization cares about conserving water.

To help with turf removal projects, rebates are available for $2.00 or more per square foot of turf removed.  This increased turf removal rebate is being provided in response to Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration.

Who is eligible for a rebate?

To be eligible for a rebate, customers must:

  1. Have grass in the proposed project area
  2. Install a new landscape that meets the terms and conditions for their city. All projects must:
    • Not include live turf or turf looking plants
    • Include plants (not turf)
    • Be permeable to water and air
    • Follow any additional requirements for their city. You can see these requirements by applying for project start approval (instructions below).
  3. Synthetic turf is eligible for rebates unless stated in your area’s terms and conditions. Click “Estimate your rebate” to see if you qualify.
  4. Customers are responsible for complying with all applicable local laws, ordinances, and other restrictions.
  5. Must not have received a turf removal rebate before. Only one turf removal rebate per property.

How to receive a rebate

There are two steps to receiving a rebate for turf removal:

Step 1: Project Start Approval

  • Before you begin removing any turf, you must apply for and receive project start approval.
  • The approval will specify the square feet your project has been approved for and your reserved rebate amount. Important note: Your final rebate cannot be larger than your reserved amount, even if you remove additional square footage. It is important that you estimate and measure your project area correctly.
  • Visit the SoCalWaterSmart Turf Rebate Application to apply for project start approval online.
  • Set up an account with a valid email address and password. The account will allow you to log in after your project is complete to complete “Step 2: Rebate Application.”
  • Submit the requested information along with:
    • At least 5 color photos of the areas where you plan to remove turf. Turf must be grass to qualify for a rebate.
    • Submit at least one photo of each area you plan to remove turf (front landscape, parkway, etc).
    • Read PHOTO GUIDELINES to see what type of photos are required.
    • A photo or scanned copy of your recent water bill.
  • Wait to receive an email approval to start your project. This will take approximately two weeks UNLESS YOUR ESTIMATED REBATE IS OVER $100,000.  REBATES OVER $100,000 WILL TAKE LONGER THAN TWO WEEKS TO APPROVE AND REQUIRE A SITE VISIT.  PLEASE CALL (888) 376-3314 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • Once you receive approval, you have 120 days to complete your project.
  • After completing your project, you are ready request your rebate by completing “Step 2: Rebate Application”

Step 2: Rebate Application

  • When your project is complete, visit SoCalWaterSmart.com to request your rebate by completing “Step 2: Rebate Application”
  • Login as a “Returning Turf Applicant” using your original email and password.
  • Submit the required information along with:
    • At least 5 color photos of your completed project area.
    • Submit at least one photo of each area where you removed turf (front landscape, parkway, etc).
    • Read PHOTO GUIDELINES to see what type of photos are required.
    • A photo or scanned copy of your recent water bill.
    • If your project includes synthetic turf, submit a photo or scanned copy of your synthetic turf receipt.
  • Your rebate application will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results in 4-5 weeks.

Photo Guidelines

There are two steps to receiving a rebate for turf removal:

  1. Must be in color.
  2. Cannot be a up-close shots of grass or plants. We recommend you stand back far enough to include your street, or fence as a reference point.
  3. For large properties, an aerial photo, or online image, such as Google Images, of the property will be accepted as one of the color photos.

Photos that follow guidelines:

BEFORE: Photo of green grass in a city park. Photo is taken set back with fence and trees as reference. AFTER: Color photo of the same area from the same angle after the customer has completed their project. Turf has been replaced by drought tolerant plants, and mulch to retain soil moisture. BEFORE: Photo of turf near an office building. The building and sidewalk are used as reference.

Photos that do not meet guidelines:

BEFORE: Photo is too up-close. It does not include any reference points such as home, street, sidewalk, or fences. AFTER: This photo is too up-close. You cannot see the converted area or any reference points such as a home, street, sidewalk, or fences. Photo is in not in color.

Visit the Turf Removal Program FAQs page to learn more.

 

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