Synthetic Turf Rebate Program
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Synthetic Turf Rebate Program
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Synthetic turf (also known as artificial grass) is a man-made grass substitute for landscapes. Most people think of synthetic turf like the old Houston Astrodome "Astroturf" that was just this side of fuzzy concrete!  But synthetic turf has come a long way since the 1970's!  

You may be more familiar with applications of synthetic turf on athletic fields such as Sea Cloud Park and Catamaran Park here in Foster City, but there are also good ways to use it in your own residential landscape. Installing synthetic turf can help reduce water use associated with irrigation, reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers, yet provide a wonderful treatment to landscaped areas that your family can run, play, sunbathe, or simply just view.  

Estero Municipal Improvement District is offering rebates to residential and irrigation customers that replace their existing grass lawns (including removal of sprinkler systems) with synthetic turf.

Which synthetic turf model qualify for EMID's rebates?

Any synthetic turf currently on the market qualifies for rebates. Please note that rebates are only available for replacements of existing grass lawns with synthetic turf.  EMID also participates in the BAWSCA Lawn-Be-Gone program, which provides rebates for the removal of grass lawns with alternative landscaping.

Where can I buy synthetic turf?

Some do-it-yourself centers sell synthetic turf. Most sales are made directly from manufacturers or distributors, or through your location turf installation contractor.

Does the City allow synthetic turf?

There is no restriction regarding the use of artificial or synthetic turf. It can be used anywhere, in any zoning district. Some Homeowner's Associations (HOA) place restrictions on the installation of synthetic turf in front yards, or at all. Check with your HOA before purchasing or installing synthetic turf.

Is synthetic turf appropriate for residential landscapes?

For homeowners who have difficulty growing grass due to shade, landscape characteristics, or pets, synthetic turf offers a way to maintain the desired look of green grass. In addition, many homeowners are choosing synthetic grass as a low maintenance alternative to grass and as a means of reducing water consumption.

Is synthetic turf maintenance-free?

While you will not have to mow your synthetic turf, grooming, and/or cleaning is required for ensure the turf is sanitary and maintains the desired natural look and feel. Manufacturers provide maintenance instructions for addressing pet or wildlife use, debris/dust accumulation, and prevention of weed and insect growth.

Is synthetic turf safe?

Recent concerns have arisen regarding the potential toxicity of turf surface materials, backing, yarns, or infill materials. Many studies have been conducted and are continuing to ensure the safety of turf options sold to consumers. No evidence to-date has shown that materials are harmful under normal use conditions.

Rebate Amount

Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Funding is limited, so if you are interested in installing synthetic turf on your property, act now!

  • Residential Customers – $4.00 per square foot up to a maximum rebate of $5,000 per customer.
  • Irrigation Customers (including Multi-Family Residential and Commercial customers, where allowed) – $4.00 per square foot up to a maximum rebate of $10,000 per customer.

Please note that an on-site inspection and City approval is required prior to starting your conversion project.

How to Apply?

  1. If you live in a Homeowners' Association, check to see whether there are restrictions by your HOA on synthetic turf.
  2. Set up a pre-installation onsite visit with the Foster City Water Department by calling 650-286-8140 or by e-mail at
  3. Complete a rebate form that will be provided by the District upon initial verification of eligibility.
  4. Purchase and install a qualifying product.
  5. Arrange an on-site post-installation verification by calling 650-286-8140 or by e-mail at
  6. Submit the completed application and a copy of the purchase invoice / receipt to the representative during your verification appointment.
  7. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the rebate check to arrive after your verification appointment.

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200