Monday, February 28, 2011
Residents should be aware that placing landscaping, such as river stones or planters, or structures, such as a decks, sheds, or fences, within the area on their property reserved for drainage is prohibited. These items can cause flooding downstream if they interfere with the drainage system.
Homeowners may not be aware that the deed to their property may have designated storm water or storm drain easements that handle water runoff. These easements reserve a swatch of land about 15 to 20 feet wide for drainage, either above or below ground. They are typically found in front of a house, running parallel to the road, but may also be in side or back yards.
Residents should check the deeds on their property for a drainage easement before building a structure or an addition or installing landscaping. To make changes to an easement location, residents must obtain a “revocable permit” from the Department of Permitting Services.
For more information about storm drain easements or permits to build on them, call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.