Department of Energy & Environment

DC Agency Top Menu

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

RiverSmart Landscaping Rebates

Friday, August 31, 2018

District property owners who install landscaping projects that reduce and/or treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on their property are eligible for a rebate. Common landscaping projects that help reduce stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces are: rain gardens, replacement of impervious surface with vegetation, and replacement of impervious surface with permeable pavers.

DOEE offers two rebate programs for landscaping projects that treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces:

Rain Garden Rebate Program: $3 per square foot of impervious surface treated, with a maximum rebate of $2,200

Permeable Surface Rebate Program: UPDATE: We are currently in the process of amending our existing permeable paver rebate grant. This rebate program is subject to funding availability on a first come, first serve basis. This program has become increasingly popular over the last 18 months and as a result we have exhausted our current funding allotment. We will likely renew this funding source by late fall 2018 and will once again start approving funding for permeable paver projects.

At this point, we suggest making sure your project application is complete and submitted. Once all of your paperwork has been completed, you could start construction. However, at this time, we cannot guarantee your project will receive rebate funding until sometime later this fall.


When determining which is most suitable for your home, it is helpful to consider the characteristics of your property and how you plan to use the space. The rebate process and amounts are determined by project type and are issued as a direct reimbursement to homeowners once the project is completed, inspected, and approved.

For more information about each rebate program, please refer to the attachments below.