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Other Water Restrictions

Other Water Restrictions

To help curb water waste, local golf
courses are restricted to water budgets.

Golf Course Water Budgets

Golf courses are subject to water budgets, with appropriate surcharges applied to any water used over the budgeted amounts. Surcharges are assessed on an annual basis and are in addition to the price paid for water. Courses that exceed their water budget have significant financial penalties assessed to the excess water use.

Golf courses are water budgeted based upon acre-feet of water (including potable, raw, reclaimed and recycled water) for each acre currently being irrigated. The irrigated acreage includes lakes and ponds existing within a golf course and lakes and ponds serving in total or in part, as a golf course irrigation reservoir. Once measured, the irrigated acreage shall remain fixed, thus creating incentive for golf courses to convert unneeded turf to other styles of water-efficient landscaping. If a golf course expands its course by increasing the number of playing holes, a new irrigated acreage will be determined.

Annual golf course water budgets:

  • 6.3 acre-feet of water per irrigated acre
Water Budget Financial Penalties
  101 to 120 percent 121 to 140 percent More than 140 percent
Surcharge to apply to water use in excess of the budget 2.0 times the highest rate paid for water within budget 5.0 times the highest rate paid for water within budget 9.0 times the highest rate paid for water within budget

Note: Restrictions may vary based on individual jurisdictions, contact your local water provider for specific information.

Landscape Codes

In the case of permits issued prior to the adoption of these conservation measures, the landscape development rules at the time of permitting will apply. See the Turf Limits section for more details.

Homeowners' Associations

Most government jurisdictions in the Las Vegas Valley have laws that prevent a homeowners' association (HOA) from restricting the installation of water-saving landscape. An HOA may require homeowners to submit landscape design plans for approval; however, the HOA cannot require a homeowner to install grass nor can it prohibit water-efficient landscapes. An HOA may restrict the use of some types of landscape materials, such as artificial turf. To avoid problems, review all appropriate HOA policies that may apply to your new landscaping project before proceeding.

Residential Properties: Planting of lawn in new residential front yards is prohibited, but may be planted in a back or side yard of a new residential property. However, lawn is restricted to 50 percent or less of the landscape area.

New multifamily residential properties are allowed lawn up to 50 percent of the turf limitations.

Non-Residential Restrictions: No new lawn installations are allowed except by issuance of a permit from the governing jurisdiction. Under no circumstance shall a permit allow for more than 50 percent of the turf limitations.


For more information about landscape development codes for a particular jurisdiction, visit and reference the following code:

  • Boulder City: 9-14-8 B(1)c
  • Clark County: 30.64.070 A(1)
  • Henderson: 13.14.090 A(1)c
  • Las Vegas: 14.11.16 (B)
  • North Las Vegas: 17.24.100J A(2)a3


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