As a property owner you are responsible for keeping easements on your land clear and easily accessible to Council officers.

Trees and plants

Avoid planting within or near easements as planting can cause damage to underground pipes and access pits. Planting within or near easements can also impede access for maintenance work which can result in removal of said planting. Council is not obliged to replace any planting and will backfill any excavation to ground level with appropriate material.

If vegetation planted near or within an easement has damaged or blocked a council drain, Council may charge the owner with the cost of cleaning and repairs in accordance with Section 148, Water Act 1989. (no structure can be built or any filling placed within one metre laterally of any works of the Relevant Authority without permission from the Relevant Authority).

Also refer to Section 39 of Council’s Amenity Local Law (an owner or occupier of private land must not allow a drain which is located on that private land to be in disrepair).

Access pits

Ensure that the access pit (manhole) is visible, at ground level with reasonable working space around the lid.

Council provides a pit ID placard free of charge that you can fix to your boundary fence to help Council staff find the access pit more easily.

Landscaping and building

Avoid landscaping, building over or causing any change to a drain, watercourse or associated infrastructure which Council controls or manages.

If you are developing your property and concerned that your works may impact Council infrastructure, submit a build over easement enquiry to see whether the works qualify for approval.

Council is not obliged to reinstate any landscaping or building that has been removed for necessary works to be carried out.

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