Artificial Grass – HOAs OK in CALIFORNIA*

artificial grass lawn - front yard HOA community02Governor Brown Signs AB 349 Into Law (9-2015) Preventing [HOA & CID] Associations from Prohibiting the Installation of Artificial Turf [Grass]


New protections for homeowners within HOAs installing artificial turf (grass); New limits on HOA ability to fine for irrigation reduction after drought periods are concluded.

Artificial turf [will] be coming to an association near you. On September 4, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 349 which prevents community associations from enforcing rules that prohibit the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. The law was signed as urgency legislation and is effective immediately. [emphasis added]

The new amends Civil Code section 4735 by adding artificial turf to the list of protected drought-response landscaping strategies.

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AB 349’s changes to the law take effect immediately as an urgency statute. (as of September 4, 2015) HOA boards, architectural committees and management professionals must take note of the changes to Civil Code Section 4735. While AB 349 does not address what types of restrictions (as opposed to flat prohibitions) a HOA may place on the installation of artificial turf, HOAs should endeavor to amend their architectural standards in order to provide some guidance to homeowners on this issue and to deter the use of low quality turf materials.(Source)

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Here's the Chaptered Bill's actual language:

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An act to amend Section 4735 of the Civil Code, relating to common interest developments, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

Approved by Governor  September 04, 2015.
Filed with Secretary of State  September 04, 2015.