About Pervious Pavement: Commonly used for walkways, driveways, parking lots, and patios
Rebate Amount: $1.50 per ft²
Cost: $3–$40+ per ft²
Size Requirement: Minimum of 100 sq ft
Installation Requirement: Must be installed by a licensed contractor
Pervious pavement crosswalk in Southgate
We know you're eager to get started, but make sure to review these steps prior to applying. Applicants must submit their application form(PDF, 4MB) and required documentation to the Watershed Protection Group before installing pervious pavement.
Watershed Protection Group
2501 Embarcadero Way
Palo Alto, CA 95032
Attention Stormwater Rebate Program
Pervious Pavement allows rainfall to infiltrate into the soil below and reduces runoff and related street ponding. Pervious pavement can be designed to match the aesthetic value of a home.
Per the City of Palo Alto, these are the requirements to receive a rebate:
Pervious Pavement is often used in parking areas, walkways, and residential roads with limited vehicle traffic.
Each of these layers may vary in material, depth, and compaction depending on the project and type of pervious pavement. Please consult with your contractor to determine the proper material, compaction, and depth for your installation.
Your licensed contractor can help you determine the best type of pervious pavement for you and your home or business. Check out the two resources below for a list of contractors. The City is not responsible for any damage or construction mistakes caused by a contractor, landscape professional or any other individual.
SFPUC Trained Green Infrastructure Contractors
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission publishes a list of contractors who have completed the SFPUC Green Infrastructure Training to perform work licensed in the State of California. This certifies that these contractors have completed training in construction of green infrastructure.
Rescape Qualified Professionals Directory Rescape regularly updates a directory of local contractors that have completed any of their qualifying trainings. These trainings use a sustainable, holistic approach to the design and management of a landscape. They work with nature to conserve water and soil, reduce waste, and prevent pollution. You can find a Rescape Qualified Professional near you in this directory.
Any pervious pavement installation with the following features will need a building permit or consultation with the City of Palo Alto Development Center before installation:
To inquire about permitting, contact the Development Center at (650) 329-2496 and select Option 3 for Building Plan Check Team when prompted. Permit approval should be submitted at the time of your Rebate Program application.
Applicants can receive a pervious pavement rebate at a rate of $1.50/square foot. For example, a 200-square foot pervious pavement project will receive a $300 rebate. Please see details in the chart below. If the rebate maximum has not been reached, applicants can apply for more than one rebate-eligible project. The lifetime rebate maximum is the total rebate amount (for multiple rebates) that one property can receive across that property’s lifetime.
(includes multi-family properties)
There are several types of pervious pavement. If your preferred material is not listed, contact Public Works– Watershed Protection at email@example.com or (650) 329-2122 to see if your product is eligible for a rebate.
Pervious paving materials include:
Pervious Concrete Unlike conventional concrete, pervious concrete contains little to no sand. This allows water to flow through the pavement. Pervious concrete is lower cost than individual pavers like Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers or grid pavement (discussed below). Pervious concrete can be seen in the parking stalls at the Mitchell Park Library as pictured to the right.
Pervious Concrete at Mitchell Park
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP)
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP) are solid pavers separated by spaces. Not all interlocking concrete pavers are permeable. There must be openings between the pavers. These openings must be filled with small aggregate (not sand) for the pavement to be permeable. PICP is more popular in the walkways, crosswalks, and other similar feature. It may be easier to repair PICP than porous asphalt or pervious concrete. This is because pavers can be replaced individually.
Grid pavement is a concrete or plastic grid structure filled with decorative gravel or planted with grass. It is underlain by a sandy gravel mixture that promotes infiltration of stormwater. It is often use for low traffic parking lots and playing fields. Grid pavement is more effective when installed in areas with light traffic.
The two most common forms of Grid pavement are grass flexible porous pavement and gravel flexible porous pavement.
Pervious pavement needs little maintenance once installed. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) suggests that owners follow these simple steps to maintain their pervious pavement:
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Last updated on December 14, 2021