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Landscape & Irrigation Information

This page provides information intended to help in preparing Landscaping and Irrigation System Plans for development projects submitted to the City for review and approval. New landscaping and irrigation standards became effective December 1, 2013.

For your convenience, please click here to view a pdf document containing all of the ordinances from the Medford Land Development Code related to landscaping, screening, and buffering (including Section 10.780 Landscape and Irrigation Requirements).

Landscaping & Irrigation Standards and Processes are applicable to the following type of projects:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Multi-family Residential
  • Subdivision Open space/landscaping tracts

Landscaping and Irrigation Standards and processes ARE NOT applicable to the following:

  • Single-family lots
  • Duplex lots
  • Individual townhome lots
  • Areas reserved for future site development as part of a larger phased project (unless irrigated landscaping is placed thereon)

The links below provide vital information to the landscape/irrigation plan designer in development and submission of plans and to the landscape/irrigation installation certifier when seeking to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy upon completion of site improvement.

Landscape and Irrigation Plan Processing and Information Packet- February 2014 (click on the title to open a pdf version of the packet). Provides information on the following:

  • Landscaping and irrigation review process overview
  • Deferred landscaping improvement
  • Landscape/irrigation improvement certification
  • Irrigation and Landscape Plan Designer Checklists
  • Certification Form required to be filled out and submitted at the completion of project
  • Instructions for application of the Irrigation Calculator spreadsheet form (see link below) to be utilized (required) in generation of irrigation calculations that are submitted with irrigation plan

Irrigation Friction Loss and Run Time Calculator Spreadsheet - 2/14/14 (click on the title to open and save the Excel spreadsheet to your computer)

Plant Water Needs for Medford Spreadsheet - 9/24/14 (Click on the title to open and save the Excel spreadsheet to your computer.


Plants in the same irrigation zone shall have similar watering needs unless irrigated by drip irrigation with emitters sized for individual plant water needs. This link provides a plant list of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, ferns, groundcover, vines and grasses and respective water needs for each identified species. An irrigation zone may contain plants in two adjoining water need classifications (i.e., “Low/Moderate” plant materials can be paired with "Moderate" plant materials, but “Low/Moderate” plant materials cannot be paired in the same zone as “Very Low” or “High” water need plant materials).
 --updated 2/18/16

Additional Department Information

Planning Department Contacts

200 South Ivy Street, Lausmann Annex, Room 240
Medford, Oregon 97501
Phone: 541-774-2380
Fax: 541-618-1708
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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