What is an easement and why is it necessary?

Generally, easements establish a portion of private property where someone other than the landowner has legal property rights. Utility easements provide space for utilities such as water, sewer, electricity, and cable. Drainage easements allow water to flow to an area designated for detention. 

Access easements allow public access across or to a particular area. No structures are allowed to be built over an easement, including swimming pools. For easement locations on a particular property, call the Planning Department at 325-676-6237.

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1. What is public right-of-way and why do we need it?
2. What is the parkway?
3. Who is responsible for maintaining the parkway?
4. What is an easement and why is it necessary?
5. What do I need to do to build a carport in front of my house?
6. Where can I build a fence and what other requirements apply?
7. How close to my property line can I build a shed or other accessory building?
8. Can I run a business out of my home?
9. Where do I find information on setbacks for my property?
10. What if there is no way for me to meet the setback requirements for my property?
11. When do I need to apply for a building permit?
12. When is a plat required?
13. When is a site plan required?
14. What are the rules for holding a garage sale?
15. When is an Itinerant Business Permit required?