Landscape Ordinance

Water Efficient Landscaping Standards adopted by Ordinance #17 series 2018

We are currently in our pilot phase. Please take our SURVEY and tell us about your experiences with the standards! 

Water sprinkler on lawn

General Information & Documents

Properties within City limits must get document packet completion approval from Rick Magill prior to submitting documentation packet to the permit coordinator at the time of building permit submission. 

County Process Documents

Upload Your County Application Form & Plan Set

To Upload your Application Form and County Plan Set please use the Permit Submission Form.


City Parcels

Rick Magill, MLA, ASLA, QWEL, ISA, QS
Plans Review Technician- Water Efficiency Standards
City of Aspen Parks and Open Space
Phone: 970-920-5582

County Parcels

Rob Gregor MPA
Water Utility Permit Coordinator
City of Aspen Water Department
Phone: 970-429-1993

Certification Resources:

Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Certification:

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 Spring 2019. Dates will be confirmed shortly.  You can learn more about the first QWEL training offered in Aspen this July here.  For questions, or to request more information about upcoming QWEL courses, please contact Lee Ledesma by email at or call 970.429.1975.  

Irrigation Association Website:

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado Certification:

GreenCo BMP Training Website:

Looking for a QWEL Certified Professional to Audit Your Landscape?  Link to:  QWEL Pros for Hire