Apply for a Rain Garden Rebate

Rain garden at Hoover Park

About Rain Gardens: Commonly used to divert rainwater from a roof into a garden

Rebate Amount: $2.00 per square foot of roof area diverted, maximum of $600

Cost: Varies based on material choices 

Size Requirement: Minimum of 100 square feet of roof diverted

Installation Requirement: Must be installed by a licensed contractor.

      Rain Garden in Hoover Park (Grassroots Ecology)

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Step 1.SUBMIT APPLICATION

  1. Apply for your rebate before you install your rain garden. Installations that are already installed are not eligible for a rebate.
  2. Read the City of Palo Alto Terms and Conditions.
  3. Create a Valley Water application portal account, and complete the Stormwater Rebate Application.

Step 2.APPLICATION AND DESIGN REVIEW

  1. Valley Water and City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection staff confirm receipt of application and contact you to set up a pre-installation inspection. Staff may request additional information if deemed necessary. 
  2. Rain garden installations that require moving over 100 cubic yards of soil will require a grading permit from the City. Those applicants should contact the Development Center at (650) 329-2496 and select Option 3 for Building Plan Check Team when prompted. Refer to the Development Center page for more information.
  3. Watershed Protection staff will conduct a pre-installation inspection of the site where the rain garden will be installed.
  4. Valley Water will issue a “Notice to Proceed” to install your rain garden via email or mail if an email address is not available. If a City of Palo Alto grading permit is required, a “Notice to Proceed” will not be provided until the applicant has received the permit.

Step 3.PROJECT INSTALLATION AND INSPECTION

  1. Install rain garden per specifications on submitted application and Rebate Program requirements.
  2. Contact Watershed Protection staff once the rain garden has been fully installed to set up a post-installation inspection of your new rain garden at cleanbay@cityofpaloalto.org or (650) 329-2122.

Step 4.SUBMIT FINAL DOCUMENTATION AND RECEIVE YOUR REBATE!

  1. Submit all final documents through the Valley Water rebate application portal.
  2. Receive rebate payment from Valley Water within 6-8 weeks of final approval.

 Start Your Rain Garden Application Process

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Step 1.SUBMIT APPLICATION

  1. Apply for your rebate before you install your rain garden. Installations that are already installed are not eligible for a rebate.
  2. Read the City of Palo Alto Terms and Conditions.
  3. Create a Valley Water application portal account, and complete the Stormwater Rebate Application. If you cannot access the online portal, contact the Valley Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or conservation@valleywater.org.

Step 2.APPLICATION AND DESIGN REVIEW

  1. Valley Water and City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection staff confirm receipt of application and contact you to set up a pre-installation inspection. Staff may request additional information if deemed necessary. 
  2. Rain garden installations that require moving over 100 cubic yards of soil will require a grading permit from the City. Those applicants should contact the Development Center at (650) 329-2496 and select Option 3 for Building Plan Check Team when prompted. Refer to the Development Center page for more information.
  3. Watershed Protection staff will conduct a pre-installation inspection of the site where the rain garden will be installed.
  4. Valley Water will issue a “Notice to Proceed” to install your rain garden via email or mail if an email address is not available. If a City of Palo Alto grading permit is required, a “Notice to Proceed” will not be provided until the applicant has received the permit.

Step 3.PROJECT INSTALLATION AND INSPECTION

  1. Install rain garden per specifications on submitted application and Rebate Program requirements.
  2. Contact Watershed Protection staff once the rain garden has been fully installed to set up a post-installation inspection of your new rain garden at cleanbay@cityofpaloalto.org or (650) 329-2122.

Step 4.SUBMIT FINAL DOCUMENTATION AND RECEIVE YOUR REBATE!

  1. Submit all final documents through the Valley Water rebate application portal. If you cannot access the online portal, contact the Valley Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or conservation@valleywater.org.
  2. Receive rebate payment from Valley Water within 6-8 weeks of final approval.

 Start Your Rain Garden Application Process