Low Water-Using Plants

An association’s governing documents (i.e., architectural standards) may not prohibit, or include conditions that have the effect of prohibiting, “the use of low water-using plants as a group or as a replacement of existing turf.” (Civ. Code § 4735(a)(1).)  Additionally, the governing documents may not have the effect of prohibiting or restricting compliance with either:

Civil Code Section 4735 also restricts an association’s ability to fine homeowners for failing to water their landscaping during government-declared drought periods. (See “Watering During Droughts.”)

Artificial Turf (Artificial Grass)
Homeowners within associations have rights to install artificial turf (artificial grass) on their properties regardless of any provisions in an association’s governing documents to the contrary. (See “Artificial Turf (Artificial Grass).”)