Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are prohibited from fining residents who are taking appropriate drought measures to conserve water. In drought emergencies, many homeowners want to change their landscaping to plants and structures that require less water or to reduce watering turf. The State Water Board regularly receives complaints during drought from homeowners frustrated by HOAs enforcement of landscaping rules, such as requiring lawn watering or maintaining specific plants. This enforcement may violate the Davis-Stirling Act The State Water Board or a local agency could impose penalties on any HOA that violates specific portions of the Davis-Stirling Act. The emergency regulation includes a similar provision prohibiting cities and counties from restricting certain drought responses.