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​Easements

Permanent and temporary construction easements are needed to build and maintain water and sewer pipes. An easement agreement is a legal document that gives CLTWater the right to access, maintain, clear, repair, inspect, improve, renovate and replace facilities on a property. City representatives work with property owners to finalize the terms of the agreement, and compensation is determined through an appraisal. The easement agreement is signed by both the City and the property owner and is recorded at the Mecklenburg Register of Deeds office.  The agreement is accessible online on the Register of Deeds website

NOTE: When purchasing a property, easements are not typically reported as part of a title search for the purchase of title insurance.  The best way to determine if there are any easements is to survey the property.  ​

Though the property owner still has ownership of the land, there are restrictions to what they can do within an easement.  Any restricted items that are found within an easement during clearing activities will not be replaced at Charlotte Water's expense. 

  1. Nothing permanent may be stored or built on top of the easement.  This includes but is not limited to slabs, walls, fill, permanent sheds, pools, gazebos and medium-large size trees.
  2. A property owner may not install any new fence or gated area to restrict access to an existing Easement.  If a fence was previously installed on the property prior to the easement acquisition, Charlotte Water will consider it to remain on a case by case basis.  If deemed acceptable, a Charlotte Water locking device will be provided to the property owner, which provides them and other pertinent individuals a method of access. 
  3. Charlotte Water has a 'Landscaping/Planting Guidelines' document that can help a property owner decide what to plant within an easement.  Certain plants and trees are restricted, as follows:
    1. No trees are allowed within a permanent easement.
    2. Plants with an invasive root system are not allowed. 
    3. Gardens, crops, shrubbery and ornamental trees with shallow roots are acceptable within an easement, but not directly over the pipe.
  4. Installing a concrete/asphalt driveway partially over the easement is possible but with the following restrictions:
    1. The property owner will be responsible for any damage caused to the pipe. Care should be taken in compacting the excavated area to avoid damage to the pipe.
    2. The property owner will call 811 have utilities located before digging inside easement.
    3. A driveway must be shallow (not to exceed 1 foot and shouldn't cover any existing access points or manholes).
  5. ​​Irrigation systems are not permitted within water and sewer easements.  Charlotte Water is not responsible for the repair of any irrigation systems installed within a permanent easement.​

Easements are cleared of trees, shrubs, structures, and debris in preparation for construction activities. Existing fences located in the easements are removed and temporary fences are installed during construction. ​​

​Typically, crews will re-grade, fertilize and seed easements after construction. Once restored, property owners can make plans to replace landscaping. Charlotte Water is not responsible for replacing custom landscaping within an easement.  Charlotte Water will also repair and replace pavement that was damaged during construction.​​​

  • Prior to any digging or construction, Call 811 to locate any underground utilities (NC 811, Call Before You Dig) or 1-800-632-4949.
  • For easement questions within Mecklenburg County, please call the Charlotte Water Assets Hotline at 704-336-1265 or email cltwassets@charlottenc.gov.
  • To identify water or sewer easements on your property, email cltwasbuilts@charlottenc.gov with a location (address/parcel ID), details of the request and your contact information.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Easement information is available on the Storm Water Easement webpage.​