What is MWELO?
The State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance is a set of minimum landscape water efficiency standards that applies to new landscapes 500 sf. or larger and rehabilitated 2,500 sf. or larger for all property types. It increases water efficiency and conservation by encouraging:
- Efficient irrigation
- Greywater usage
- On-site stormwater capture
- Limiting the amount of allowable turf
How Do I Comply?
All applicants must submit a completed and accurate Landscape Documentation Package contained in the City's MWELO Toolkit as part of the plan check submittal process. There are two compliance pathways that all applicants may take to comply with MWELO:
The Prescriptive Pathway utilizing the Prescriptive Submittal Checklist (Appendix D) outlines requirements for plant materials, turf, and irrigation. The required information must be captured on construction documents before permit approval.
Applicable for projects 500-2,499 sf. Applicants must submit the following from the Toolkit:
The Performance Pathway utilizes water budget methodology to inform the landscape designs. The Performance Pathway uses a checklist and worksheet to outline requirements for water use calculations, the landscape design plan, and the irrigation design plan. The required information must be captured on construction documents before permit approval.
Applicable for projects 2,500 sf. or larger. Applicants must submit the following from the Toolkit:
More information about MWELO as well as the State's code language and annual reports can be found on the California DWR Website. City staff will monitor the state requirements and update this website with any changes.
Water Efficient Landscaping Resources
- City of West Hollywood MWELO Toolkit
- LADWP & Beverly Hills Water water conservation information for customers
- LADWP & Beverly Hills Water rebates & incentives
- Water-wise gardening ideas and guides
- Water Saving Tips
Outdoor Water Use Regulations
Just a reminder! The following outdoor water use regulations are in effect throughout the City of West Hollywood for all property types:
Please share this flyer with tenants and property managers to ensure compliance.
To report outdoor water use violations, call code compliance at (323) 848-6516.