Becoming a RainWise Contractor
If you would like to install rain gardens and cisterns for the RainWise Rebate Program, you must attend one of our free trainings (offered twice a year). The next training will be March 11, 13 & 16. Check the Events page for details and registration. RainWise contractors must also be licensed. See Contractor Licensing Requirements for more information.
Check out past contractor newsletters! (Archive) – The RainWise program mails its Contractor News and Tips newsletter to RainWise contractors every two months. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide contractors with important program updates and events.
Tips when becoming a RainWise contractor – In May 2017, RainWise sponsored a panel of experienced contractors to share their tips on how to succeed in the program.
Contractor Overview and FAQ – inspection request email and phone number
Rebate Instructions and Forms – Updated 8/19/2016. The Rebate Form now includes a space to record customers’ preferred written and spoken languages.
Notice of RainWise Project Only for contractors approved to have their pre-inspection waived. Updated 9/2/16
Before RainWise Construction Begins – Customer Understanding – This form must be completed by the property owner before construction begins. Submit this form with your pre-inspection request or Notice of RainWise Project.
Map of RainWise Basins – Updated 4/10/17
Maps of rain garden eligibility – Maps of each basin showing which properties are likely eligible for rain gardens.
Financial Support Options
Use this form – Vendor Payment Option – for homeowners who choose to have the RainWise rebate go directly to their RainWise Contractor.
RainWise Pilot Access Loan – 12000raingardens.org/rpal/
Craft3 provides pre-construction rebate advances to RainWise contractors. This program expands access to the RainWise program by enabling contractors to work with customers who cannot pay upfront for the work. Visit Craft3.org/RainWise to learn more.
If you choose to participate in this program, please fill out the Rebate Assignment Option form with the homeowner.
For property owners:
RainWise Access Grant: The RainWise Access Grant provides up to an additional $1000 for RainWise eligible homeowners and non-profit community organizations (including religious groups) to bridge the gap between rebate amount and actual project costs for income limited and underserved communities. Note income limitations. 12000raingardens.org/rainwise-access-grant/
Big Roof Rebates (over 2,000 sf)
Large Facility Agreement – Over 5,000SF – Added 9/22/15. For facilities over 5,000 square feet, the Property Owner is required to sign this 10-year commitment instead of the Homeowner Agreement.
Design and Maintenance Resources
Guides for Plant Selection:
Use these plant suggestions and plans to simplify your design process and share options with customers.
RainWise Planting Plan – Updated 9/16/15
Teach your customers how to maintain their cistern and rain gardens. Use our maintenance guide or “how-to” videos. These are all available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Rain Garden and Cistern Maintenance Guide (Vietnamese)
Seattle stormwater manual seattle.gov/dpd/codes/dr/dr2009-17.pdf
Rain garden handbook for western Washington fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1310027.pdf
Seattle green factor plant list seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpds021347.pdf
Seattle right-of-way improvements manual seattle.gov/transportation/rowmanual/manual/
Seattle standard specifications and plans seattle.gov/util/engineering/standardspecsplans/
Seattle side sewer permit requirements seattle.gov/dpd/permits/permittypes/sidesewer/
Seattle director’s rules web6.seattle.gov/dpd/dirrulesviewer/
Seattle land use code seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/codes/landuse/
Additional resources from western WA 12000raingardens.org/resources/#