Prince George’s County is committed to improving the quality of life for its communities by promoting green solutions to stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff occurs when rain (or snowmelt) flows over the land picking up pollutants such as oil, grease, sediment and nutrient which make their way into local streams and rivers. 


Rain Check Rebate Program

The Rain Check Rebate Program allows property owners to receive rebates for installing ‘Rain Check’ approved stormwater management practices. Homeowners, business and nonprofit entities (including housing cooperatives and churches) can recoup some of the costs of installing practices covered by the program.   

Join others in your community who are installing ‘Rain Check’ approved stormwater management practices that improve stormwater runoff quality and reduce stormwater runoff quantity as well as the health of our local waterways.   

Contractor Training Completion List

The Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training Completion List identifies those individuals and companies that have completed Prince George’s County’s Rain Check Rebate Contractor Training Course. The classes are not certification classes. They are designed to provide landscape professionals with practical, hands-on information on Prince George’s County’s Rain Check Rebate practices; guidance on practice selection, site assessment and site selection; construction techniques; rebate requirements; and the application process.    

The column titled “Rain Check Rebate Practices Offered” lists those practices the company installs, as indicated by the company. View the most recent Contractor Training Completion list here.


Apply for a Rebate

Prince George’s County is proud to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to provide support with the administrative and operational functions of the Rain Check Rebate Program. CBT staff assist with handling inquiries from property owners about the Program; review and process applications; and perform pre and post inspections of the property.  When you click on “Apply for a Rebate”, you will be directed to CBT’s website where you can review additional information about the Rain Check Rebate Program and submit your application.


Eligibility Requirements

The following entities are eligible to participate in the Rain Check Rebate Program:

  • Residential property owners including housing cooperatives
  • Commercial property owners
  • Homeowner associations
  • Condominium associations
  • Civic associations
  • Multi-family dwellings
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Qualify for a Rebate

  • The applicant must own the property or be a non-profit organization with an agreement to complete a project on private or public land.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving pre-approval from the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to proceed with the project or in the case of a rain barrel, the receipt or invoice should be within 12 months of applying.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) must have inspected the completed project and found it to be in compliance with its original approved application and the project must follow the County’s best practice guidelines and criteria for that type of project.
  • If the property is part of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), the applicant must provide a letter or other documentation showing HOA approval of the project.
  • Applicants will not be eligible for a rebate if their project is associated with permit approval requirements for new building construction, additions, or renovations. 
  • All applicants are required to sign a property owner agreement; and, applicants for a commercial or public project will be required to sign an operations and maintenance agreement for the project.
  • Applicants will not be eligible for a rebate if the property is located within a municipality that has a similar rebate program for stormwater management projects*.

* The City of Bowie manages its own stormwater program and residents are not eligible to participate in the County program. The Town of Cheverly (PDF), Town of University Park (PDF), and City of College Park all offer tree planting incentives to residents. Residents of these towns are only eligible to participate in the cistern, green roof, pavement removal, permeable pavement, rain barrel, and rain garden programs offered under the County’s Rain Check Rebate Program.

Rebate Approval

CBT must pre-approve all applications prior to implementation, with the exception of a rain barrel project. However, the rain barrel project must meet eligibility criteria established by the County to receive a rebate and CBT must receive all receipts or invoices within 12 months of application approval. All invoices and receipts for the entire amount of the requested rebate must be submitted to CBT for review and approval. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rebate Amount

The amount of a rebate cannot exceed the cost of the project. The lifetime rebate ceilings per property is $6,000 for residential projects including housing cooperatives and $20,000 for commercial, multi-family dwelling, homeowner association, condominium association, civic association, non-profit and not-for-profit projects.

Rebate Ceiling

An applicant may complete multiple projects until the rebate ceiling's met. Non-profit organizations established pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may annually perform community projects on public or private property up to the $20,000 ceiling.


Eligible Practices

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Cisterns Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Cisterns Guidelines (PDF) 
Cistern Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Cistern Guidelines (Spanish)
Conservation Landscaping   

**more details coming soon**
Green Roofs Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Green Roofs Guidelines (PDF) 
Green Roof Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Green Roof Guidelines (Spanish)
Pavement Removal Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Pavement Removal Guidelines (PDF) 
Pavement Removal Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Pavement Removal Guidelines (Spanish)
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Permeable Pavement Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Permeable Pavement Guidelines (PDF) 
Permeable Pavement Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Permeable Pavement Guidelines (Spanish)
Rain Barrels Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Rain Barrels Guidelines (PDF)  
Rain Barrel Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Rain Barrel Guidelines (Spanish)
Rain Gardens Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Rain Gardens Guidelines (PDF) 
Rain Garden Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Rain Garden Guidelines (Spanish)
Urban Tree Canopy Fact Sheets (PDF) 
Urban Tree Canopy Guidelines (PDF) 
Urban Tree Canopy Fact Sheet (Spanish) 
Urban Tree Canopy Guidelines (Spanish)


Project Types & Rebate Amounts Chart

Project Individual Residence Commercial, Homeowner Associations, Condominium Associations, Civic Associations, Multi-Family Dwelling, Nonprofits, Not-for-Profit Organizations
$2/gallon stored (250 gallons minimum) $2/gallon stored (250 gallons minimum)

Conservation Landscaping

$5/square foot (minimum 250 square feet)  

**more details coming soon**
$5/square foot (minimum 250 square feet)  

**more details coming soon**
Green Roofs  
$10/square foot (minimum 1/4 roof retrofit) $10/square foot if less than 6” of planting material; $20/square foot if more than 6” of planting material (minimum 1/4 roof retrofit)
Pavement Removal  
$6/square foot $6/square foot (400 square foot minimum)
Permeable Pavement  
$12/square foot $12/square foot (400 square foot minimum)
Rain Barrels  
$2/gallon stored (must capture 50 gallons) $2/gallon stored (must capture 100 gallons)
Rain Gardens  
$10/square foot (minimum size 100 square feet) $10/square foot (minimum size 100 square feet)
Urban Tree Canopy  
$150/tree (minimum tree height of 5 feet) $150/tree (minimum tree height of 5 feet)
Maximum Rebate Allowed per Property $6,000 $20,000