Community Development

LB Smartscape

New landscape over 500 square feet and relandscaping projects of more than 2,500 square feet now require a permit.

In response to the severe and ongoing drought conditions experienced in communities across the State of California, Executive Order B-29, issued by Governor Jerry Brown, directs the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) to update the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) to increase water efficiency standards for new and retrofitted landscapes through more efficient irrigation systems, greywater usage, on-site storm water capture, and by limiting the portion of landscapes that can be covered in turf. This Executive Order applies to new landscape projects over 500 square feet and relandscaping projects consisting of more than 2,500 square feet, including residential, non-residential, and public projects. It also requires reporting on the implementation and enforcement of local ordinances to help stretch limited water supplies statewide.

The good news is that the City of Long Beach has streamlined the permit process. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to assist with navigating the application process and understanding the plan requirements to help residents and businesses comply, as well as answer any questions you might have. While the primary focus of the ordinance is water conservation, the end result will be a wonderful new approach to landscaping in Long Beach - it's sensible, economical, and beautiful. It's SMARTSCAPE.

  • For more information on the City's new landscaping regulations, call 562.570.6194.