Variance Application for Landscape Irrigation on
On February 23, 2010, in order to comply with the St. Johns River and South Florida Water Management Districts, Orange County adopted Water Conservation Ordinance No. 2010-02 limiting the number of days irrigation can occur each week depending on Eastern Standard Time (from the first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March) and Daylight Saving Time (from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November). This ordinance applies to landscape irrigation regardless of whether the water comes from groundwater or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private utility.
Orange County Utilities water customers can request an alternative day(s) that watering can occur every week based on whether the property is a home with an address that ends with an even or odd number, or the property is nonresidential (including common areas of subdivisions). Orange County Utilities cannot grant additional days per week to irrigate.
A healthy lawn and landscaping can typically be maintained by following the landscape irrigation schedules set forth in the ordinance. Additional information and helpful yard-care tips can be found on this website on the Knowing Your Lawn page .
No petition for variance shall be granted unless the petitioner affirmatively demonstrates that strict application of the scheduled days or day would lead to unreasonable or unfair results in particular instances, provided that the applicant demonstrates with particularity that compliance with the scheduled days or day will result in a substantial economic, health, or other hardship on the applicant requesting the variance or those served by the applicant.
All information on this form MUST be completely filled out to be considered.
Plant it smart. Florida Friendly landscaping is a great way to design, install, and maintain both your plants and irrigation system. It will save time, money, and water.
Install irrigation devices that are the most water efficient for each use. Micro- and drip-irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of efficient devices.
Check sprinkler systems and timing devices regularly to be sure they operate properly. Florida law now requires that "anyone who purchases and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle when adequate rainfall has occured."