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Landscape Conversion Rebate Program

Conservation for your landscape


Important Program Update

On July 1, 2016, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reinstated the Landscape Rebate Program and is now accepting new applications. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an application for approval before beginning any work on their project.

  • Single family and multi-family sites should call (800) 548-1882 to schedule a pre-inspection through our Water Wise House Call Program, unless they are a customer of San Jose Water Company.

  • San Jose Water Company customers should call (408) 630-2554 to schedule a pre-inspection.

  • All non-residential sites should call (408) 630-2554 to schedule a pre-inspection.

  • If you have already completed a pre-inspection and have not received an application for the current Landscape Rebate Program, please call (408) 630-2554 to request an application packet.

1) Sites that have been denied participation in the Landscape Rebate Program for not meeting the initial program eligibility requirements will not be allowed to re-apply for the rebate within three (3) years of the initial pre-inspection or denial date, whichever is the latter.

2) All applications issued a Notice to Proceed on or after July 1, 2016 will be held to a total rebate cap (for both the Landscape Conversion Rebate and the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate combined) of $2,000 for Single Family and Multi-family (4 or fewer units) and a $20,000 for all Commercial sites and Multi-family (5 or more units).


Santa Clara County single family homes, multi-family and business properties with qualifying irrigated landscape (i.e. irrigated turf or functional swimming pool) can receive rebates for replacing high water using landscape, such as irrigated turf grass, with a minimum of 50 percent plant coverage consisting of low water using plants from the water district's Approved Plant List.

APPROVED PLANT LIST: PLANT LIST – PDF VERSION  PLANT LIST – EXCEL VERSION

Rebate Amounts for all applications that receive a Notice to Proceed on or after July 1, 2016:

Property Type

Rebate Amount (as of July 1, 2016)


Single Family and Multi-Family (4 or fewer units)


$1.00 per sq ft


Multi-Family (5 or more units) and
Business/Institutional properties


$1.00 per sq ft


The rebate amounts for Landscape Conversion are increased in cost-sharing water retail areas. 


Funding is limited. Please contact the district for more information: (408) 630-2554.


Single Family and Multi-Family (4 or fewer units) located within the service area of the following water retailpartners: City of Palo Alto, City of Morgan Hill*, and City of Cupertino. 


$2.00 per sq ft for the first 1,000 sq ft
$1.00 per sq ft thereafter, up to the per-project cap


Multi-Family (5 or more units) and Business/Institutional properties
located within the service area


$2.00 per sq ft for the first 10,000 sq ft
$1.00 per sq ft thereafter, up to the per-project cap


* Well customers are not eligible for cost sharing rebate amount. 

For information about current increased rebate amounts in cost sharing areas, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554. Funds are first come, first served, while funding is available.**

Projects must be completed within 90 days of Notice to Proceed date. The rebate caps are calculated using the combined total from both the Landscape Conversion Rebate and the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate.

** Rebate amounts subject to change. For current cost-sharing area information, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.

Landscape Conversion Rebate Program


QUESTIONS? Call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or email us at Conservation@valleywater.org