What is a utility easement?

Utility easements are encountered on many properties in the County which have been created by the subdivision process. Generally these easements are there to accommodate the placement of water, sewer, gas or communication lines or to allow for the free flow of storm water across properties so it is properly managed. No permanent structure is allowed in any utility easement, all utilities or improvements, to include approaches, proposed to be located in a county right-of-way must be approved by the County before installation is made.

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1. What are the fees for applications in the County?
2. What is my property zoned?
3. What are the zoning categories in Lawrence County?
4. Does Lawrence County regulate the zoning in municipalities?
5. What are the uses allowed on my property?
6. I don't see the use I want on my property listed, what should I do?
7. Where are mobile homes permitted?
8. What are setbacks?
9. What is a utility easement?
10. I want to operate a business from my home, what permits do I need?
11. I intend to start a new business, where do I find information on where I can locate it and what permits do I need?
12. What are the county sign regulations?
13. How do I subdivide my property?
14. What does it mean if my property is located within the FEMA floodplain?
15. What does it mean if I am in the 3-mile jurisdiction for the city of Spearfish?