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Use of synthetic turf allowed

May 27, 2016

In response to a new State of California law, the Cerritos City Council recently amended an ordinance to allow for the use and installation of synthetic grass and artificial turf material in residential front-yard landscaping. The change took effect May 14, 2016.

Landscaping includes organic plant material, non-organic plant materials and ornamental horticultural features. Design accessories such as decorative bark, volcanic rock and pea gravel may be used to accentuate the organic plant materials, but not as dominant landscape features. Silk plants and plastic trees and shrubs are prohibited.

Residents must obtain approval from the Community Development Department before installing synthetic turf. A manual outlining the guidelines and restrictions for synthetic turf installation is available at the Community Development desk in City Hall.

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