Frequently Asked Questions

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Landscaping Requirements Residential: What landscaping is required in my front yard? Is anything prohibited?

The single-family residential landscaping requirements are outlined in Section 19.5.11.B of the Development Code and are dependent upon the width of your property.  Lots that are 40 feet wide or less require 1 24-inch box shade tree and 5 5-gallon shrubs.  Lots wider than 40 feet require 2 24-inch box trees and 7 5-gallon shrubs.   Custom homes in designated rural neighborhoods and custom home lots with no design standards are exempt from these standards. Additionally, alternatives to the 2-tree requirement may be approved by the Community Development Director, based on the available open soil area in the front yard.

The use of low water use and drought-tolerant landscaping materials is encouraged in residential front, side, and rear yards.  Additionally, the installation of new natural turf in residential front yards is prohibited. See also HMC Chapter 14.14.