Lawn-to-Garden - Landscape Design Assistance Pilot Program

The Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) is proud to announce a new opportunity for our local landscape designers to participate in a new landscape design reimbursement pilot program.

Back on July 1st, 2018, LBWD began accepting applications for its new Lawn-to Garden Program. This new program was designed with the objective of enhancing the value of the program to customers and the community while achieving environmental benefits in addition to water conservation. While the design requirements of the original Lawn-to-Garden program will remain intact, there are a few new core design requirements that will come into effect for all projects with applications submitted after July 1, 2018.

Effective July 1, 2018, the Lawn-to-Garden Program will require the following in all designs:

  • a stormwater retention feature
  • hydrozoning of plant material
  • drip irrigation (with exceptions made for certain plants)
  • 10% of plants listed must be flowering or California native plants

With the additional design requirements in place, the Long Beach Water Department will be increasing the Lawn-to-Garden turf removal incentive from $2.50 to $3.00. In addition, the LBWD will be offering its customers an additional reimbursement to seek a certified landscape designer/architect/contractor to provide professional design services for their Lawn-to-Garden projects. This reimbursement will provide LBWD customers up to $1,500 dollars or the cost of the design.

For your customers to receive this reimbursement, the landscape professional providing the design must submit an application along with a proof of credentials to the Long Beach Water Department to be placed on Long Beach Water’s list of certified landscape professionals.

Based on your locale and/or experience in the Lawn-to-Garden program, the Long Beach Water Department is encouraging you to submit your credentials. Credentials for landscape professionals will be accepted on a bi-annual basis, with the current open enrollment period beginning March 22nd, 2019 and ending on May 7th, 2019. The next opportunity for credential screening will occur in July 2019. The application for eligibility as a certified landscape professional for the design assistance reimbursement will be available here at

The following items must be submitted to be eligible for certification within the Long Beach Water Department’s Lawn-to-Garden design assistance reimbursement:

  • Application Form
  • Proof of one of the following: C-27 California Landscaping Contractor License, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) certification, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) membership or ReScape California certification.
  • Copy of Business License
  • A portfolio of 3 past project examples (design and photos) indicating quality of work

Once your application has been processed and your credentials have been verified, you will be placed on the LBWD list of certified landscape professionals. Customers seeking assistance and reimbursement for a design will be informed to seek out landscape professionals from this list. The Long Beach Water Department will not schedule or arrange any appointments between customers and landscape professionals.

Customers will be required to submit an invoice from the landscape professional for the full cost of the design in order to receive their reimbursement. Once final inspection of the project is complete, the Long Beach Water Department will send an incentive check for the Lawn-to-Garden project as well as the design assistance reimbursement of up to $1,500 to the homeowner.   Only homeowners who receive design services from a design professional on our certified list will be eligible for the design assistance reimbursement.

Apply as soon as possible to ensure that your name is on our list.  If you have any questions regarding our new program, please contact James Morgutia at or (562) 570-2429.

The Long Beach Water Department appreciates your service and the continuation of your contributions to helping make water-use efficiency and environmental awareness a way of life in our great city.