In September of 2015, Civil Code Section 4735 was amended by the California Legislature to grant homeowners within associations the right to install artificial turf (artificial grass) on their properties regardless of any provisions in an association’s governing documents to the contrary. Section 4735 now renders void and unenforceable any provision of an association’s governing documents or architectural or landscaping guidelines (i.e., architectural standards) that “[p]rohibits, or includes conditions that have the effect of prohibiting, the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.” (Civ. Code § 4735(a)(2).)
Section 4735 also grants similar protections to homeowners seeking to use low-water using plants, as well as restricts an association’s ability to fine homeowners for failing to water their landscaping during government-declared drought periods. (See “Low Water-Using Plants” and “Watering During Droughts.”)
“Effective Immediately! HOAs may not Prohibit Artificial Turf (Grass)” – Published on HOA Lawyer Blog (September 8, 2015).