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FAQ: Easements

What is an easement? Can I build within an easement?

An easement is a legal agreement in which the easement holder is given some type of limited use of another property owner’s land.

For example, an access easement would allow the owner of a property that has no access to the public right-of-way the right to access their property across a specified portion of another land owner’s property. The area within the easement belongs to the landowner, but it is legally accessible to the easement holder for purposes of automobile access. Utilities have easements that allow for them to install and repair utility infrastructure that serves private property.

You cannot build anything within the easement that would infringe on the easement holder’s legally defined limited use of the portion of the property.