Environmental management – guidance

Drought permits and drought orders

This publication was withdrawn on 24 November 2015

This information is now out of date. Read the current guidance: Apply for a drought permit, drought order or emergency drought order.

This guideline provides information for water companies about the process for applying for drought permits and drought orders.



It takes account of changes from the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 which by bringing additional water use restrictions within the hosepipe ban powers of water companies.

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