To qualify for a rebate, the applicant must:

  • Be the current property owner of record of a single family residence or industrial/commercial property, or his or her authorized representative.
  • The applicant's utility accounts must be in good standing.
  • Have grass (dead or alive) intact when you apply for the rebate. Grass that has already been removed is not eligible.
  • Submit a completed application packet via mail which includes:
    • A sketch of the project conversion area along with measurements.
    • A Payee Data Record form (in lieu of IRS W-9).
  • At the same time of completing the application packet, you must submit current "before" pictures that were taken within the last 30 days of your yard showing the area where your lawn will be removed. A minimum of three (3) photos will need to be submitted digitally to Be sure to include your address in the subject line and your name in the body of the email (See How to Take Your Project Photographs).
  • Convert at least a minimum of two hundred (200) square feet of lawn/turf in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rebate program.
  • Complete Plant Coverage Worksheet.
  • Schedule and participate in a post-inspection site visit with a Sacramento County Water Agency representative once conversion has been completed in accordance with terms and conditions of the rebate.
  • NOTE: Front yard conversion projects are encouraged. The primary focus is front lawns and/or side lawns in front of the fence. Backyards will be acceptable only if the front yard has been or will be entirely replaced with a program compliant yard.
  • NOTE: Commercial applicants will need to submit complete landscape planting and irrigation plans that are consistent with the requirements of the Water Use and Conservation Ordinance and Zoning Codes for landscaping to the local Planning Department for review and approval.

This incentive program is NOT retroactive. If you have started or completed you project before SCWA has received and approved your Application, you are not eligible for this rebate.