Easement Maintenance

Sanitary Sewer Easements
  • Typically contain at least one 8-inch underground plastic pipe and above-ground manholes. The easements are typically 20-30 feet wide. Refer to a property survey for exact dimensions and locations.
  • Manholes need to extend a minimum 1 foot above grade.
  • Fences and other permanent structures cannot be placed on sanitary sewer easements.
  • Vegetation allowed on these easements is limited to low ground covers. Vegetation is maintained by the homeowner.
  • The sanitary sewer lines are maintained by the Town.
  • Repairs are not likely for about 35-50 years or more after the lines are installed.
Drainage or Storm Sewer Easements
  • Are maintained by the property owner.
  • Typically convey stormwater runoff from properties upstream to properties downstream.
  • Are not necessarily designed to convey the entire flow of water in every rain.
  • May contain underground pipe, a wetland area, or a grass, rip rap, concrete or undefined “natural” channel.
  • Vary in width. Refer to a property survey for exact dimensions and locations.
  • Click here for additional information on maintaining drainage and stream buffer areas.
Right of Way
  • Town-owned property that typically contains a variety of underground utilities and Town-owned portions of water and sewer services.
  • Sometimes includes a sidewalk.
  • Typically extends about 10-12 feet behind the curb. Refer to a property survey for the exact dimensions.
  • Allowable vegetation is limited to low ground covers (with the exception of street trees in some pre-approved instances). Vegetation is maintained by the homeowner.