If your business uses water
outdoors, you will need to
apply for an exemption
Water restrictions target the outdoor use of drinking water, but there are some indoor water uses that are subject to restrictions, such as filling indoor swimming pools and operating car wash businesses in shopping centre car parks.
If your business relies upon water use as part of its operations, you’ll need to apply for an exemption.
Your business doesn't need to apply for an exemption if the water you use isn't drinking water or if you can operate within the current water restrictions.
or face a $550 fine
If your business involves watering gardens or lawns, you may only do so a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket unless you have a business exemption permit.
Your business can only use compliant smart watering systems. These must be fixed and permanent (they can't be moved around like a sprinkler attached to a hose) with either single or multiple watering zones.
Your business can top up an existing pool or spa, using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket. You can only do this to replace water lost through evaporation, not to replace water deliberately removed from the pool or spa.
Your business can use a broom to clean paths, driveways and other hard surfaces.
Your business can also spot clean hard surfaces for health, safety or emergency reasons, using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment.
Your business will need to apply for a permit to fill a new pool/spa. You'll need to have an approved pool cover or lockable spa cover in use to be eligible for a business exemption permit.
You can wash your car, truck or van using a bucket and sponge, hose with a trigger nozzle or at a commercial car wash. If you are washing a large number of vehicles you will need to apply for a business exemption permit.
If you are a commercial car wash, please apply for an business exemption permit.
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