When people conduct unauthorized activities on private property, it is called trespassing. When people conduct unauthorized activities on public land or in legally platted drainage easements, it is called encroachment. Sometimes people do not know they have a drainage easement on their property or understand why it needs to be kept free of obstructions. Sometimes people knowingly disturb the intended function of public land and easements by such unacceptable practices as: building structures, storing vehicles, dumping yard waste, planting trees and gardens, or removing vegetation. In rare instances, activities that do not change the intended function of the land can be allowed, however, people that wish to change or utilize public property or drainage easements must first apply for a revocable permit.
For more information on the revocable permit process, contact Mark Baker at 328-2427.