Irrigation Requirements

SEC. 51A-10.106. IRRIGATION REQUIREMENTS.

(a) In general.

(1) Except as provided in this section, automatic irrigation systems must be installed in conjunction with new required landscaping for commercial and multifamily uses with combined landscape areas of 500 square feet or more per building site.

(2) The automatic irrigation system must be:

(A) shown on a landscape plan or irrigation plan; and

(B) adequate to maintain the plant materials in a healthy, growing condition at all times.


(b) Renovations and additions that require landscaping.

For building sites or artificial lots with an area of two acres or less, all required plant materials must be located a maximum of 100 feet from an irrigation source with a permanently installed threaded hose connection. Proposed watering methods (irrigation or otherwise) must be:

(1) shown on the landscape plan, if any; and

(2) capable of maintaining the plant materials in a healthy, growing condition at all times.


(c) Alternate irrigation.

The building official may authorize an alternate method of irrigation for required landscape areas if the alternate irrigation method is:

(1) certified by a landscape architect or licensed irrigator;

(2) shown on a stamped landscape plan or irrigation plan; and

(3) capable of maintaining the plant materials in a healthy, growing condition at all times.

SEC. 51A-10.107. RESERVED.

SEC. 51A-10.108. GENERAL MAINTENANCE.

(a) Required plant materials must be maintained in a healthy, growing condition at all times. The property owner is responsible for regular weeding, mowing of grass, irrigating, fertilizing, pruning, and other maintenance of all plantings as needed. Any required plant that dies or is removed must be replaced with another living plant that complies with this article and the approved landscape plan, if any, within 90 days after notification by the city.

(b) Any damage to utility lines resulting from the negligence of the property owner or his agents or employees in the installation and maintenance of required plant materials in a utility easement is the responsibility of the property owner. If a public utility disturbs a landscaped area in a utility easement, it shall make every reasonable effort to preserve the plant materials and return them to their prior locations after the utility work. If, nonetheless, some plant materials die, it is the obligation of the property owner to replace the plant materials.