Melbourne's five Permanent Water Use Rules

What are Permanent Water Use Rules?

There are five common sense Permanent Water Use Rules in place in Melbourne. These rules apply at all times. Water restrictions may also be introduced when water storages are low.

Permanent Water Use Rules help all Melburnians to use our drinking water sensibly when watering gardens or lawns or cleaning outside. They apply to everyone in Melbourne – from homeowners and renters, to businesses, councils and schools. Penalties may apply for those who don't follow these important rules.

As our population continues to grow and our climate continues to change, we need to keep up Melbourne’s proud tradition to use water wisely.​

Melbourne’s five Permanent Water Use Rules


Click each of the rules to expand the detail or download a printable version​

Discover more about exemptions.