In special limited circumstances you can apply for an exemption to the Permanent Water Use Rules.
Medical condition or disability
If you have a medical condition or a disability, you can apply for an exemption.
Garden of Significance
A public or private garden that has significant botanic, environmental or historic qualities is considered a ‘Garden of Significance’. You can apply for an exemption to the Permanent Water-Use Rules to ensure your garden can be watered appropriately.
Planting new lawn
When you install or sow new grass you can apply for an exemption which allows you to water it outside of the hours allowed in the Permanent Water Use Rules for up to 28 days. This exemption only applies to ‘warm season grass’ (Couch, Buffalo and Kikuyu) which is best suited to Melbourne’s climate and is water efficient.