What is an easement? Why do you need an easement?

  • Easements are legal documents granting SVEC access to property for the purpose of constructing, operating, and maintaining equipment and lines.
  • Easements also allow for right-of-way maintenance that includes clearing, trimming and removal of vegetation, as well as necessary access for ongoing infrastructure improvement or maintenance.
  • Easements outline general property rights by others while rights-of-way (as its name implies) is a specific property right.
  • Easements are areas designated for overhead and underground utility access and are usually defined when a lot or neighborhood is first platted.
  • Easements are implemented because it is more efficient and less expensive to run utility lines through neighborhoods than around parcels of land.