On September 22, 2015 the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new landscape irrigation efficiency code to promote water conservation and improve water quality. Click HERE to view the Code. The design standards take effect 4/1/2016.
Irrigation professionals installing or maintaining irrigation systems within Alachua County must register their business. Click HERE to register your business (you will have to create an account, as this is the portal for future irrigation system approvals).
All new irrigation systems installed in unincorporated Alachua County after 4/1/16 will require County approval, which includes a review fee and site plan. All systems will then go through an inspection process. The inspection fee is waived for irrigation professionals who are certified for self-inspection (see training below) or who hire a Florida Water Star Certifier to inspect the system.
Fees and site plans are waived for new construction that acheives Florida Water Star Certification. Learn more about this voluntary program for saving water HERE
If you are installing a new irrigation system (or modifying 50% of an existing system), you must comply with this ordinance. Please consult with staff at 352-264-6829 if you plan to install it yourself, as we will help you navigate the approval process.
The County is co-hosting free training events to help irrigation professionals obtain Florida Water Star (FWS) Accredited Professional (AP) status for self-inspection certification! The next local training will be on 5/18 with testing on 5/19 and 5/25. The FWS AP test will also be offered on 3/15 from 1-4. To register for these events contact Merry Mott with the FNGLA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trainings hosted in other areas are listed HERE.
For information on obtaining the State's voluntary Irrigation license, which also qualifies you for self-inspection, visit the Florida Irrigation Society page by clicking HERE.
Forms and Resources
Application Portal- This site allows irrigation professionals to request approvals, pay fees, and set up inspections on-line. HERE is a document explaining how to use the portal.
Approval Form- This form can be filled out on-line through the application portal. If you want to apply and pay in person or by mail, print this form and return to Emily Rodriguez at 408 W University Ave, Suite 106, Gainesville, FL, 32601.
Authorization to Access Property Form- This form must be filled out by the property owner and submitted with the Approval Form (either on-line through the application portal or with your paper application).
Self Inspection Checklist- This form lists all of the design standards required for passing EPD inspection and is a GREAT tool. For irrigation professionals qualified to self-inspect, it is recommended that you keep a copy of the signed checklist for your records, but this form is not currently required for submittal.
Sample Site Sketch- This sample illustrates what should be included in the irrigation site sketch. Providing a complete sketch expedites the review process.
Sample Calculations- Use this optional spreadsheet to tabulate required information. Copying and pasting the completed table on your irrigation sketch will speed up staff review.
Frequently Asked Questions- This document addresses common questions.
Click HERE to download a pamphlet explaining the code.
Please contact Emily Rodriguez at 352-264-6809 or Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 with questions or concerns.