Florida Friendly Landscaping Law

With all who live in homeowner associations and wish to avoid costly repairs and/ or replacement to their lawns, our state has passed laws since 2001 that protect your right to use alternate landscaping methods to acquire an attractive yard.

In 2009, as a response to severe droughts in the state, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill
2080. The Bill is now codified in Florida Statutes 720.3075(4).

The new law states that homeowner association documents “may not prohibit or be enforced so
as to prohibit any property owner from implementing Florida-friendly landscaping …”
Florida-friendly landscaping is defined in Florida Statute 373.185 as “quality landscapes that
conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought

Below is a client of the Landscape Artist who has a home in the Tampa Palms community. His yard won the 2012 Water Wise Award. In the video, a member of Tampa City Council brings up a point that even though Mr. Toenes lives in a homeowner association, he was allowed to remove all of his grass and replace it with an alternative design that requires less water and is still very beautiful.

Some HOA’s still give their members a hard time, but the law is the law. You may find like others have to stand your ground and fight to keep your rights, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the majority. Most HOA’s require a design that shows aesthetic quality, and meets the Florida friendly landscaping guidelines. If you are in need of legal help, there are law firms that can help you that have experienced not so “friendly” home owner associations.