Policy Summary

This uncodified law amended the city’s administrative code to support water conservation in irrigating landscapes. Includes exemptions for landscape areas with edible plants--that point is most relevant to this project.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name San Francisco
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an exemption
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Refers to irrigated landscapes as contributing significantly to quality of life and providing areas for active and passive recreation. (Sec. 2 (a)).

Environmental linkage?

water management and water waste prevention Sec. 63.2 ( e)4.

Economic linkage?

Includes findings?

The ordinance includes a finding that the law complies with California's Environmental Quality Act (Section 1); and findings relating to the importance of irrigated landscapes in San Francisco and previous efforts around water conservation (Section 2, new sec. 63.2)

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The intent of the ordinance is to promote best practices in water conservation, encourage the use of climate appropriate and local native plant species, etc. (Sec. 2, new sec. 63.2 ( e)).

Includes definitions?

Sec. 63.3

Addresses implementation?

"""A process for document submissions and approvals...will be developed by the General Manager in conjunction with the Department of Building Inspection"" (sec. 63.4(d))."

Enforcement provisions?

"If complete documentation for Tier 1 or Tier 2 compliance has not been submitted to the General Manager on or before the landscape documentation deadline, an address restriction shall be placed on the property such that no further construction permits or addenda shall be issued and no further inspections by the Department of Building Inspection shall occur" 63.6.1(c)

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

"Uncodified ordinance amending the San Francisco Administrative Code by repealing Chapter 63 and addinga new Chapter 63 - Water Efficient Irrigation. File No. 101079. The codified law is San Francisco, Calif., Administrative Code Sections 63.1 through 63.8 (current through Sept. 15, 2017), available at http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/California/administrative/chapter63waterefficientirrigationordinan?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:sanfrancisco_ca$anc=JD_Chapter63. The codified version contains some relatively changes from this uncodified law."


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