An 18-month pilot phase began June 22, 2017 after adoption of Ordinance 16, Series 2017 and ended on December 31, 2018. For all permit applications accepted by the City during the pilot phase, all documentation described in this document was required, and irrigation and landscaping installation requirements needed to be met. During the pilot phase, the City encouraged applicants to meet the 7.5 gallons/season/square-foot water budget, however, failure to meet the Maximum Applied Water Budget during the 18-month pilot phase did not hold up applicant’s building permit and/or certificate of occupancy. Effective January 1, 2019, full compliance with the City of Aspen Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance and Standards will be required.
COVID-19 Landscape Rules
As of April 23, 2020 you may return to your landscape jobs in Aspen; however, you must adhere to Pitkin County Public Health rules.
- Water Efficient Landscaping Standards - Effective August 14,2020 (Current Version)
- Water Efficient Landscaping Standards - Effective January 1, 2019 (Old Version)
- Water Efficient LandscapingStandards - Adopted May 22, 2017 (Old Version)
- WELS Water Analysis and Budget Calculation Sheet
- WELS Documentation Requirements List
- WELS Submission Checklist
- Irrigation Audit Approval Letter (WELS prior to1.1.19)
- Irrigation Audit Approval Letter (WELS after 1.1.19)
- WELS Example Plans
It is recommended that properties within the City limits of Aspen submit the Landscape and Irrigation Documentation Package to the WELS Plans Reviewer for a completeness review, prior to submitting the documentation package to the permit coordinator at the time of building permit submission.
Upload Your County Application Form & Plan Set
Attention: all plans and documentation related to permits and reviews for proposed development on Pitkin County Parcels with connection(s) to the City of Aspen water distribution system must be submitted via the City of Aspen’s Applicant Portal (link provided below).
To Upload your Application Form and County Plan Set please use the Permit Submission Form.
Rick Magill, MLA, ASLA, QWEL, ISA, QS
Plans Review Technician- Water Efficiency Standards
City of Aspen Parks and Open Space
Rob Gregor MPA
Water Utility Permit Coordinator
City of Aspen Water Department
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification: https://www.qwel.net/
The QWEL program is an EPA WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Audits. QWEL graduates meet the requirements to perform third party water audits as specified in Aspen’s Pilot Landscape Ordinance. QWEL professional certification provides landscape professionals with 20 hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, irrigation system programming and operation and sustainable landscaping.The next QWEL training in Aspen will be offered in Fall 2020. Dates will be confirmed shortly. You can learn more about QWEL training offered in Aspen here. For questions, or to request more information about upcoming QWEL courses, please contact Lee Ledesma by email at email@example.com or call 970.429.1975.