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Lawn Watering Permit - ONLINE APPLICATION

Permit Conditions


Lawn Watering Permits are valid for 21 days from the date of application for lawns that have been newly turfed, seeded or treated with nematodes. If required, a re-application can be made for one (1) extension. This is valid for an additional 21 days from the original date of expiry - to a maximum of 42 days in total.


Permit Fees:

Residential - $50.00
Multifamily - $75.00
Commercial/Industrial - $100.00
Pest Control (nematode) - No Charge - see below
Lawn Watering Extension - Additional charge: Residential $50.00/Multifamily $75.00/Commercial $100.00

Note: Payment for an online Lawn Watering Permit is by credit card only.

New Lawns


New lawns may require more water than provided under the current watering regulations. Permit fees are based on Residential, Multifamily, or Commercial/Industrial properties.
Note: No exemption permits will be issued under Stages 3 restrictions. Any permits issued under Stage 2 will remain valid until expiry during Stage 3 restrictions.

If you are applying for a Lawn Watering Exemption Permit:

  • Permit fees required at point of permit issuance.
  • Residential properties: permit is valid for a period of 21 days,
    Monday to Sunday, between 4:00 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Commercial properties: permit is valid for a period of 21 days,
    Monday to Thursday, between 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM and Friday 4:00 AM – 9:00 AM.
  • Proof of purchase receipt may be required for lawn seed, sod or turf.

  • All issued Lawn Watering exemption permits may be subject to an on-site inspection by City staff for permit validation and compliance.

  • Pest Control (European Chafer Beetles)


    When treating your lawn with nematodes to control European chafer beetles, the amount of water needed will depend on your lawn, soil depth, and weather conditions. If you need more water than provided under the current watering regulations, apply for a Lawn Watering Exemption Permit.

    If you are treating your lawn with nematodes to control European chafer beetles:

  • Residential properties: permit is valid for a period of 21 days,
    Monday to Sunday, between 4:00 AM – 9:00 AM.
  • Commercial properties: permit is valid for a period of 21 days,
    Monday to Thursday, between 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM, and Friday 4:00 AM – 9:00 AM.
  • Proof of purchase receipt may be required for nematodes.
  • The City does not charge for watering permits for treatment of European chafer beetle.

  • All issued Lawn Watering exemption permits may be subject to an on-site inspection by City staff for permit validation and compliance.

  • Apply for a Lawn Watering Exemption Permit in Person:

    Come to the City Hall Engineering Department and bring your receipt for lawn, seed, sod, or nematode treatment.

    For additional information about the City of New Westminster’s Lawn Watering Permit Program please contact Engineering Services: 604-527-4592 email: engpost@newwestcity.ca or
    Lawn Watering Enforcement: 604-519-2010 email: lawnwatering@newwestcity.ca

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