Codes and Regulations

ASLA Policies & Vision

ASLA policies are external documents, adopted by the Board of Trustees, reflecting positions on specific issues, from the perspective of the Society and the profession of landscape architecture. The policies represent the Society’s beliefs, values and visions.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Department of Justice has assembled an official online version of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design to bring together the information in one easy-to-access location. As of March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards is required for new construction and alterations.

The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on ADA. They provide assistance and training in support of the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”

California/Local Regulations

Landscape Architects Practice Act – Statutes and Regulations

All licensees and candidates for licensure should be familiar with the Landscape Architects Practice Act (statutes) and California Code of Regulations. They are found on the LATC website.


The Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit (MRP) was adopted by the Water Board at a hearing on October 14, 2009. The MRP covers stormwater discharges from municipalities and local agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and the cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, and Vallejo.

Water efficiency
  • The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO or AB 1881) is directed at local agencies to establish local ordinances promoting water efficient landscapes.
  • AQUASave – The Smart Irrigation Network – is a network of experts (including landscape architects) committed to save water, save money and stay green by producing landscape water conservation projects.

Emergency Rulemaking: California Plumbing Code–Graywater Systems (Title 24, Part 5, Chapter 16A, Part I)