Water Efficient Landscape Standards
The Water Efficient Landscape Standards (WELS) are intended to promote water conservation while allowing flexibility in designing attractive and cost-effective water-wise landscapes. The California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) allows local agencies to use their own Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance provided it is at least as stringent as the State MWELO. The City of Santa Barbara (City) WELS have been approved by California DWR for continued use in lieu of the State’s MWELO.
Compliance with the City’s WELS is mandatory whenever a landscaping or irrigation plan is required by any Chapter or Section of the City Municipal Code or by any City design review or land use review body (SBMC § 14.23.005, Ordinance 6101, and Council Resolution No. 23-007).
For further questions regarding the WELS, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (805) 564-5460.