In limited situations Austin Water may grant a variance from the water restrictions (City of Austin Code 6-4, Article 30). All requests for a variance must be submitted using the applications below. Variances are issued on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must follow the current watering schedule until a variance is approved. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
New Xeriscape Landscape – for a newly installed xeriscape landscape design that requires a special watering schedule.
Large Property – for large residential or commercial property that cannot be completely watered under the current watering schedule (does not apply to new xeriscape landscape projects).
Environmental – to protect an endangered plant, animal, aquatic species, or critical environmental feature.
Health / Safety – to maintain the health, safety, well-being or cleanliness of the public or environment.
Income – for businesses whose primary source of income depends on using water outside of the watering schedule.
Medical / Disability – for a documented medical hardship or qualifying disability.
Tree Disease / Pest Control – to treat a tree for diseases or to control pests.
Austin Water might approve other plants that are low or very low water use once established. Stabilization/erosion control plants also qualify for this variance.
Austin Water is owned and operated by the City of Austin.