RainScapes Terms

Requirements & Guidelines


Red Asterisk denotes mandatory fields

1. Project Information

What are your project goals?

If you selected 'Other' from the choices above, please specify your goals

2.Rain Garden site description.(e.g., back of house on the right)

Where do you want to build your Rain Garden (RG)?
Please read the project Design Criteria and Guidelines to determine how to decide where to build the garden

Distance to Rain Garden from House (Min. 10 ft from foundation) *

Distance to Rain Garden from side Property Line(Min. 15 ft. recommended) *

Distance to Rain Garden from Road or sidewalk (whichever is closer)

Sequence of Construction(PERC Test(see section #3),Turf Removal, determine elevation, dig hole to proper depth, dispose soil, build berm, add soil, mulch, plant)

Access for Maintenance(How do we get to your Rain Garden? Drive/walk-only)

Sun Exposure – Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sun

3. Do your soils drain?(PERC Test)

You MUST do a required Drainage Test to determine whether the soils on your site are acceptable to do a Rain Garden(this test is done in the same area that the Rain Garden is proposed to be built)

Dig a 2' deep and 1' wide drainage test pit, fill it with water and note the time to drain

After 36 hours, was the hole empty?

First Fill - Time to Drain(hours)

Within 12 hours of the hole emptying, fill the hole a second time and record the time to drain
The second filling should drain within 24 to 46 hours, if not, discuss other alternatives with RainScapes Staff!

Second Fill - Time to Drain(hours)

4. Rain Garden sizing Criteria ( You will be taken to Rain Garden Sizing Part 2 based on your responses below)

Will this Rain Garden catch water from only your roof and/or your driveway/patio? If so, answer Yes

Will your Rain Garden catch water from your neighbor's yard?

Have you passed your PERC test? (See previous section #3)

5. Submit Detailed Planting Plan

(Submit before construction; it can be submitted before or after the site inspection/site approval) - use a scale of 1/8” = 1’ or ¼” = 1’ or 1” =10’)

For design ideas, see: the RainScapes page or Low Impact Development for design ideas

6. Materials Quantities and Excavated Soil/Turf

(Can be submitted with initial submission, but MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR to construction)

Soil Mix and Provider

Mulch (Quantity and Source)

# of plants by size and type:




Other Materials

If you selected 'Other' in the previous question, please specify

How will you dispose of the excavated soil and turf?

If you selected Other, please explain other method:

7. Installation

Who will do the installation??

Contractor Name

Contractor Address

Contractor Phone

Contractor Email

8. Project Cost(Estimated)

Total Estimated Cost($) *

Rebate Requested($)
Check max. rebate allowed for your project

I agree to allow reasonable access to the RainScapes project site for periodic public tours organized by DEP

How did you hear about the RainScapes program?