Drought permits and drought orders

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

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This information is now out of date.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


Drought permits and drought orders (PDF 470KB)

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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.

Further information

Published 24 May 2011