Residential or commercial gardens and lawns cannot be watered at any time.

Public gardens, lawns and playing surfaces cannot be watered at any time.

Fountain or water features cannot be filled or topped up at any time.

You cannot hose down hard surfaces including driveways, paths, concrete, tiles, timber decking and other paved areas, except where cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency.

You can use a high-pressure cleaning unit, or, if such a unit is not available, a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, or a bucket in the course of construction or renovation.

You can wash the windows, mirrors, lights, registration plates and for spot removing corrosive substances of your car, boat or other vehicle at home; or at a commercial car wash, using a bucket or watering can, and only where cleaning is required for health and safety reasons, safety hazard or other emergency.

Councils and schools cannot water sporting grounds and gardens at anytime.


A new or existing pool or spa of any capacity cannot be filled.

Topping up

New or existing pools or spas can only be topped up using a bucket or watering can.

A mobile spa can only be filled or topped up in accordance with a Water Use Plan.

Water toys

A water toy connected to a hose cannot be used at any time.


Each Victorian urban water corporation has the ability to grant exemptions to water restrictions in special circumstances. For information regarding the circumstances under which an exemption may be granted and how to apply for an exemption, please contact your local water corporation.

Page last updated: 17/12/19