Apply for a drought permit, drought order or emergency drought order

When and how a water company can apply for a drought permit, order or emergency order.

Drought permits, drought orders and emergency drought orders allow water companies to manage water resources during a drought.

During natural disasters or other emergencies, water companies in England need to apply to the Secretary of State for a separate emergency licence. Companies in Wales need to apply to the Welsh ministers. This includes floods, emergencies caused by mismanagement, or other events that damage infrastructure.

Before you apply

Drought permits

  1. Apply for a drought permit

    • Guidance

Drought orders and emergency drought orders

Published 19 November 2015