What You Need to Know as a Nebraska Landowner

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Acreage Owners Guide

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What You Need to Know as a Nebraska Landowner

Building Codes and Permits: Before building, contact your county planning office to obtain zoning requirements and information. Find out if your city or county has special ordinances, such as property access covenants that may affect your proposed activity.

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Floodplain Protection: A local permit may be needed before doing any construction work in an area designated as a 100-year floodplain. If you are in a floodplain, insurance and financing may be restricted.

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Buried Utilities: There may be any number of utilities on your property that serve you and others. Care should be taken to determine proper location of utilities before construction begins. Call before you dig!

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  • Diggers "One Call" Hotline of Nebraska (1-800-331-5666)
  • Local Utility Companies
  • Lancaster County Engineer (If property located in Lancaster County, Nebraska)

Trees, Grasses and Ornamentals: Care should be taken in selecting plant materials for your acreage. Consider water and maintenance requirements, adaptability, soil type and planned use of the vegetation.

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Drinking Water Wells: All wells must be registered with the Nebraska Department of Water Resources and must meet Nebraska Water Well Construction Standards.

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Waste Water Treatment Systems: State law regulates waste water treatment system installation, including the minimum acceptable distance between your septic system and drinking water wells, streams and groundwater. Some counties also require a permit and must approve the system design and installation.

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Irrigation Wells: All wells must be registered with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. Landowners also must obtain a permit from their Natural Resources District to drill a well producing over 50 gallons per minute in a Groundwater Management Area.

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Water Quality Protection: You are responsible for preventing livestock manure, pesticides, sediment and other pollutants from reaching surface water or groundwater.

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Surface Water Use: Water use permits are required before diverting, withdrawing, impounding or distributing any surface water.


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