Water Chart and Facts

The following chart details the City of Monterey's current water status. The chart is intended to provide the public and City staff the necessary information to quickly determine the amount of water originally allocated to the City, the amount of water committed to development, and the amount of water remaining and thus available for new projects. The chart also provides a summary of the number of projects on the respective water waiting list under the three project categories. The chart is linked below in Adobe PDF format.

Water Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants submitting projects within the City must be aware that before building permits can be issued for projects requiring additional water, that the applicant must have (a) valid water permit from the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. Before a water permit can be obtained from the District, a water allocation must be approved by the City. Due to a lack of water available for allocation, the City of Monterey currently has three water waiting lists that the Planning Division maintains: the New Residential Water Waiting List, Residential Remodel Water Waiting List, and Commercial/Industrial Water Waiting List. Please contact the Planning Division to determine if there are adequate water credits running with your property to accommodate the new plumbing fixtures or new construction, or whether the project you will have to go onto one of the waiting lists.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) has adopted Ordinance 98, which allows a SFD on a single parcel to obtain the water credits necessary to accommodate a second full bath without having to obtain a water allocation from the jurisdiction within which it is located. Therefore, the Planning Division can sign-off on MPWMD Residential Water Release Form and Water Request Applications. Ordinance 98 and this form allows a property owner to request water credits to support a second full bath without having to deduct a like amount of water from the City's reserve. Please note that if the home has 1 and ½ baths, then the owners can add a maximum of ½ a bath. The maximum number of bathrooms for a SFD on a single parcel under Ordinance 98 is 2 full baths, and that includes a Master Bath.

An applicant can label one bathroom as a master bath when he or she submits plans to the Planning Division or Building Division. A single dwelling with one bath can designate the one bath as a Master Bath. If there is more than one bath in a single family dwelling, only one Master Bath can be so designated.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) allows a maximum of 2 sinks in a Master Bath, with the first sink having a water requirement of 1 unit, and the second with a 0 unit water requirement. They also allow a separate shower and bathtub in a Master Bath, the water requirement being 2 units for both, whereas a standard bathroom can have a combination bathtub with shower head above with 2 units, but if separate, then would require a total of 4 units, (2 for bathtub and 2 for shower).

Yes, if the building is a residential structure, you may be able to retrofit existing plumbing fixtures. The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) allows the exchange of existing standard type plumbing fixtures with Ultra Low Flow type fixtures, with the water usage savings applied to the installation of new plumbing fixtures. There are restrictions associated with this program, and the type of fixtures available for retrofitting are limited. Please call the MPWMD or the City of Monterey Planning Division for more information.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) Permit's Office is located at 5 Harris Court, Building G / PO Box 85 within the Ryan Ranch complex. You can visit their Web site, or or call their office directly at 831.658.5601.

Planning Office
570 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: (831) 646-3885
Fax: (831) 646-3408


**Please see change in hours below**
8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Closed: 12pm - 1pm
Planners are available from 10am -12pm and 1pm - 3pm
**Beginning June 2017, the Planning Office will be closed the last Friday of every month

Elizabeth Caraker
Principal Planner

Todd Bennett
Senior Associate Planner

Fernanda Roveri
Associate Planner

Chris Schmidt
Associate Planner

Jenny Leinen
Administrative Assistant II

Mary-Kathryn Salameh
Administrative Assistant II