Conservation landscaping rebates are offered to eligible properties within the City of Rockville of $1 or 2$ per square foot. To receive the $2 per square foot rebate you must complete the soil improvement requirement detailed in the design guidelines below. The area replaced with conservation landscaping must be invasive plants or bare dirt, with a minimum of 250 square feet (need not be contiguous).
To participate, the projects must be installed at a private single family residence, homeowners association, condominium association, housing cooperative or other non-profit property located in the City of Rockville. Eligible properties can receive up to a lifetime total of $2,500 per property in rebates. Projects are not eligible if they are associated with permit approval requirements for new building construction, additions, or renovations. Projects that are partially or completely finished before approval will not qualify for rebates. All requirements as outlined below must be met. All decisions are final and are at the sole discretion of the City of Rockville.
Please review the conservation landscaping design guidelines at the link above. Projects must meet these guidelines to be eligible for the rebate.
*A project approval letter from the legal property owner, manager or organization must be submitted with the application.
Must add up to a minimum of 250 square feet.
Soil improvement is recommended to improve plant health and allow water to soak into the ground. Soil improvement requires loosening the soil to a depth of 9-12 inches and mixing in two inches of compost. See the Design Guidelines for more details.
Decompaction will be checked for at the final site visit.
Note: You must provide receipts for any purchased compost.
Ex. "lasagne method" or other no- till method of amending the soil.
At least three-fourths of your conservation landscape must be plants native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For a list of acceptable native plants visit the link above. To request a free hardcopy, email email@example.com.
Any non-native invasive plants will disqualify you from the rebate.
Please estimate your landscaping costs. Include plants, mulch, contractor, etc. Itemized receipts are required upon project completion.
The maximum rebate per square foot is $1 with no soil improvement or $2 with soil improvement.
Please attach photos of the project site, a plant list that including species, spacing, sizes and plant density, a sketch of the area drawn at (1” = 10’ or 1/8” = 1’ or ¼” = 1’) and a project approval letter if applying as a community organization.
You may send hard copies to RainScapes Program, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville MD 20850.
A signed Property Owner Agreement is required to process your final rebate. Once your project is approved, you will receive an email to electronically view and sign the agreement.
If you wish to email or mail in copy of the agreement. Please print, sign and return the Property Owner Agreement (link above) to the RainScapes Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to RainScapes Program at 111 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850.
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