Water supply; application for exemption or partial exemption from the connection and use obligation

The obligation to connect to and use a public water supply facility ensures a proper supply of drinking water for the population.


If your municipality has provided for this in its water supply statutes, properties that are served by pipes of a public water supply facility must generally also be connected to this facility and also use it. This obligation is referred to as the so-called connection and use obligation.

The possibility of imposing such an obligation on property owners for reasons of public welfare is regulated by law in the Municipal Code (GO). Article 24, Paragraph 1, No. 2 of the GO allows municipalities to perform this duty using this route. This provision forms the basis for corresponding regulations under local law in the municipal water supply statutes to order compulsory connection and use.

Under certain conditions, however, property owners may also be exempted in whole or in part from the obligation to connect or use water, or they may be granted a restriction on the obligation to use water. The conditions for this are usually regulated in more detail in the local water supply statutes.

You can find out more about this topic from your municipality.


Administrative court proceedings; information

Administrative court action; petition for review of standards pursuant to § 47 VwGO

Status: 25.11.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

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