Lawn and Irrigation

Permits are required for new installations

Since almost half of the water used by our customers is used to water lawns and landscaping, Aurora Water requires lawn and irrigation permits to ensure healthy, water-wise lawns and protect your investment. Because of the low nutrient content of soils in our region, we require the addition of compost, resulting in healthier and more drought-tolerant turf.

A Lawn, Seed and Irrigation Permit is required for:

  • the installation and replacement of new turf (sod or seed) for areas 250 sq. ft. or greater, any time of year.

  • the installation of a new irrigation/sprinkler system where none currently exists or when replacing or renovating an existing system, such as adding a zone or changing the size of a system, at a residence.

Landscapers installing an irrigation/sprinkler system for commercial or multi-family projects. These projects must additionally submit irrigation plans for review.

The permit allows irrigation system installers to schedule an inspection to ensure compliance with Aurora’s code for irrigation systems.

The permit allows lawn or seed installers to schedule an inspection and gives a temporary exemption from seasonal watering restrictions. The permit does not give you more water, just more time to apply it. Normal water rates apply, so water wisely. Watering is not permitted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., except with a permit.

Compost amendment must be added to the soil before a permit will be issued. Prepare turf grass area with minimum of 4 cubic yards/1000 sq. ft. with compost, rototilled 4-6 inches deep. Email your compost receipt or load ticket to loadtickets@auroragov.org.

Manufacturer Product name 

A-1 Organics BioComp, Ecogro
Alpine Waste & Recycling ERL Compost I B.O.S.S. Compost Black Tea Compost, Boston Tea Compost, Black Tea Outback Compost CMI Organics Western Class I Compost Colorado Landscape Materials 5-Way Planters Mix
Humalfa Nature's Prescription 
Renewable Fiber Inc.  Royal Compost, Bio Compost

Lawn, Seed and Irrigation Permit
Please download the permit form, fill it out and send it as an attachment to permitcounter@auroragov.org.
 

Irrigation Standards

If you are unsure about whether or not you need a permit, contact 303.739.7195.

Lawn & Irrigation Permits


First Inspection Re-Inspection*
Residential $34.50 $34.50
Commercial $150.00
$150.00


*Failed inspections or projects not ready at the time of inspection will be charged a re-inspection fee.

Irrigation Plan Review and Standards (non-single family) -- $260.00 per sheet as of Jan. 1, 2020

Manufacturer
Product Name
A-1 Organics
BioComp, Ecogro
Alpine Waste & Recycling
ERL Compost I
B.O.S.S. Compost
Black Tea Compost, Boston Tea Compost, Black Tea Outback Compost
CMI Organics
Western Class I Compost
Colorado Landscape Materials
5-Way Planters Mix
Humalfa
Nature’s Prescription
Renewable Fiber Inc.
Royal Compost, Bio Compost

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