Landscape Restrictions

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Application Required for Turf Removal

acacia flowerTurf that is removed from non-residential developments, multifamily developments, and common open space of single family developments, must be replaced with landscaping materials approved by the City. Applicants for turf removal must submit for a CLND permit with Community Development in the Development Services Center. There is no fee for this permit.

This requirement allows Community Development to review the proposed landscaping to ensure compliance with the City of Henderson Development Code. This requirement does not apply to single family residential customers.

Landscaping and Turf Installation

The installation of new turf in residential front yards, common areas, medians and non-residential developments is prohibited regardless of building permit issue date. Turf installation in side and rear yards is limited to 50% or less of the total square footage. Homes that currently have desert landscaping may not be allowed to replace that landscaping with turf. To determine how turf installation restrictions may apply to you, submit a Contact Henderson case.

• As of 09/19/2022 lawn grass is prohibited in any newly developed property in the City’s corporate boundaries unless that lawn grass is FUNCTIONAL turf for one of the following:

  1. Public park
  2. Homeowner Association-owned or -managed park approved as a park through the City’s development process.
  3. Public school
  4. Private school
  5. Cemetery

• As of 09/19/2022 the combined water surface area for single-family residential swimming pool, spa, and hot tub cannot exceed 600 square feet of surface area of water.
• Use of spray irrigation is prohibited for any purpose other than to irrigate lawn grass.

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Law enacted to remove nonfunctional turf from medians, traffic circles and business complexes

A bill recently signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak requires the removal of “useless,” or purely decorative, grass found around Southern Nevada business complexes, along streets in HOA communities, and in traffic circles and medians.

The law does not apply to grass in homeowners’ yards or grass used for recreation at schools and parks.

The new law requires nonfunctional grass be removed by the end of 2026 and will save our community an estimated 9.5 billion gallons of water per year.

 Learn more.