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Fire Hydrant Use Permit

DC Water is not processing new fire hydrant use permits or walk-ins for monthly meter reads, until further notice. You may submit fire hydrant permit applications and we will contact you when permit processing resume. Monthly reads should be submitted to DC Water is still accepting drop-off of fire hydrant use equipment from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. Contact or 202-364-3144 for permit renewals.

Fire Hydrant Use Fire hydrants primary purpose is for firefighting. DC Water encourages those that need water sources for construction, demolition, dust control or similar purposes use temporary water service main connections or water trucks. If fire hydrant is the only option, DC Water will accept fire hydrant use permit applications and may approve connections to the fire hydrant. 
Regulation  DC Plumbing Code, 12F DCMR §608.18  ̶  Fire hydrant use connections.  Connection to a fire hydrant for any use other than firefighting operations shall require pre-approval by DC Water, shall be metered and shall be protected against backflow in accordance with this section.  The connection shall include a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer conforming to ASSE 1013, suitable for high hazard applications, which shall carry a current inspection tag less than six months old.  The assembly shall be installed within 10 feet (3m) of the hydrant water meter and ahead of any water outlet. 
How do I apply?
  1. Obtain and certify reduced pressure backflow preventer ASSE 1013.

Note: DC Water has a limited number of hydrant meter with integrated backflow preventers for rent. Please contact DC Water compliance program at (202) 364-3144 or for more details.

  1. Complete and submit fire hydrant permit application & fire hydrant backflow preventer form to
  2. Wait for DC Water to send fire hydrant deposit and fee invoice to your email (see fee schedule below).
  3. Pay invoice by check.
  4. Wait for DC Water to send approved fire hydrant use permit.
  5. Contact or (202) 364-3144 to schedule pick-up, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where do I pick up equipment?

3900 Donaldson Place NW
Washington, DC 20116

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

note: Bryant Street will no longer issue equipment beginning October 1, 2019. 

How long will it take? Invoices will be issued up to five days after application and form are submitted. 
Once deposits and fees are paid, it will take up to two business days for permit approval.
What are the associated fees?

Fire Hydrant Permit Fee


Private Fire Hydrant Flush


Fire Hydrant Use - Water & Sewer Rate


3" Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit* 

$1,600 per rental

3" Fire Hydrant Meter Rental (<15 days)

$75 per rental

3” Fire Hydrant Meter Rental (≥15 days)

$5 per rental per day

3” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Deposit*

$2,200 per rental

3” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Rental (<15 days)

$150 per rental

3” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Rental (≥15 days)

$10 per rental per day

5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Deposit*

$700 per rental

5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Rental (<15 days)

$75 per rental

5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter with Backflow Preventer Rental (≥15 days)

$5 per rental per day

Construction purpose water usage rate

1.5 CCF x $4.25 = $6.375 per day

Non-Construction purpose water usage rate

0.5 CCF x $4.25 = $2.125 per day

**More information about these fees can be found at


Note: *Deposits will be refunded minus any damages to equipment and rental fees will be refunded if a balance remains.

Who can I contact for more information?

DC Water Compliance Program: (202) 364-3144 (M-F, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM) or

What are my responsibilities?  Approved users of fire hydrants are responsible for the following:
  1. Reconcile any damage to the fire hydrant outside of normal wear and usage.
  2. Obtain a qualified individual to operate the hydrant.
  3. Purchase, connection and disconnection of all hoses. 
  4. Obtain a public space permit from the District Department of Transportation.
  5. Obtain an approved backflow preventer (ASSE 1013 Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer).
  6. Ensure that the hydrant remains accessible for emergency service at all times.