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Landscape Requirements

Landscape Requirements

Effective January 19, 2016, a revised Landscape Ordinance was adopted by the city.

Your project is subject to the new Landscape Ordiance if you are:

  • Newly installing landscape
    • In the R-1 and R-2 (Single-Family or Two-Family Residential) covering an area of 500 sq.ft. or larger
    • In all other zones this applies to all new landscaped areas of any size.


  • Replacing 2,500 square feet (or more) of existing landscape areas
    • Except replacing like for like (such as replacing grass with grass).

The new Landscape Ordinance supports state-wide efforts to more efficiently use water resources.

City of Fullerton is one of the 34 Orange County cities utilizing the Model Landscape Ordinance developed by the Municipal Water District of Orange County. The OC Model Ordinance was developed in response to State legislation (AB 1881).  This legislation put in place a State Model Ordinance, unless a local jurisdiction adopted its own ordinance in 2010.  The ordinance has been updated in 2015 in response to Governor Brown's Drought Executive Order EO-B-29-15.  

The guiding principles of the OC Model are local control; simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility and consistency among OC cities, while remaining in compliance with State law. The City’s Landscape Ordinance builds on the OC Model to create a City-specific ordinance which provides standards for the efficient use of water for landscape purposes, while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally beneficial landscape utilizing a diverse mix of plant material. For single-family homes, the Ordinance applies only to new landscaping or rehabilitation projects for landscape areas greater than 5,000 sq. ft. Other zones have lower thresholds.