Standard Language for Platted Easements

If you are submitting a plat within unincorporated Washington County, the following standard language must be used. Failure to use this language may require correction and resubmittal.

Types of Platted Easements

Protective easement over a sensitive area buffer

Phrase

Storm Sewer, Surface Water, Drainage, and Detention easement

Example

Tract “A” is subject to a Storm Sewer, Surface Water, Drainage, and Detention easement over its entirety to benefit Clean Water Services.

Easement over a water quality facility

Phrase

Storm Sewer, Surface Water, Drainage, and Detention easement

Example

Tract “A” is subject to a Storm Sewer, Surface Water, Drainage, and Detention easement over its entirety to benefit Clean Water Services.

Easement for a storm sewer system

Phrase

Storm Sewer easement

Example

Storm Sewer easement to benefit Clean Water Services

Easement for a sanitary sewer system

Phrase

Sanitary Sewer easement

Example

Sanitary Sewer easement to benefit Clean Water Services.

Access easement

Phrase

Access easement

Example

Access easement to benefit Clean Water Services.

Additional Clarifications

  1. Easements intended to benefit Clean Water Services should not be granted to the Public. The incorrect terms are common mistakes we have seen on plat reviews.
    • CORRECT - Storm Sewer easement to Clean Water Services
    • INCORRECT- Public Storm Sewer easement to Clean Water Services
    • INCORRECT - Public Storm Sewer easement
  2. A “Utility Easement” does not meet Clean Water Services easement requirements.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jackie Humphreys in Development Services at 503.681.5101.

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