An easement is a section of land registered on a property title, which gives another party the right to use the land for a specific purpose even though they are not the property owner.
If the property is sold to a new owner, the easement is transferred with the property.
Unitywater uses easements for access, water supply and sewerage purposes.
Unitywater easements give us the right to enter the easement area to install, maintain and repair water and sewerage infrastructure (read more in Clause 2 of the Standard Easement Terms).
Unitywater does not permit permanent structures within its easements. It is critical we can easily access our infrastructure, especially in an emergency. This might include using excavators, large vehicles and machinery.
Where there is a Unitywater easement on your land, you must not at any time without our written permission erect any permanent buildings or structures (other than fences and driveways) upon the easement land. Property owners with Unitywater easements on their land must also make sure we can access the easements at all times.
If you want to build over an easement, you can apply for easement encroachment, however please be aware these applications are rarely approved.