How to Identify Utility Easements On Your Property

Easement is defined as a legal property interest “that allows a utility the right to use and access specific area of another’s property for laying gas, electric, water, and sewer lines.” A utility easement is generally a permanent restriction on the property so that it continues from one property owner to the next property owner. Utility easements are designed for all utility system owners to install service to every home.

Individual property records can be found by completing the following steps:

The property record information provided is based on the original plat submission process. Utility easements added after the original plat process are not shown. For additional easement information please contact the applicable agency:

Step 1: Open Development Viewer Map

  1. Go to lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: GIS (http://lincoln.ne.gov/​gis/​gisviewer/)
  2. A dialog box will appear with a welcome message. Click on the Proceed To Map button.
Open GIS Viewer

  1. Locate the Map Switcher in the bottom-left corner of the screen and select the Development Viewer. (You may also drag the slider under the tiles to change the active map.) Click the Go To button to load the Development Viewer Map.
Switch Map to "Development Viewer"

Step 2: Identify Your Subdivision

  1. In the toolbar at the top of the page, locate the search tool, then click the arrow to the left of the search box to select Search By Address. Enter your address in the box and click Search. The map will zoom to the selected address and highlight the property with a red border.
  2. Locate the Development Review Identify box at the top-left side of the screen under the main toolbar, then click to select the Identify by Point tool.
  3. Click inside the property boundary on the map to select the parcel.
Search for property by address, then select "Identify by Point" tool

  1. The parcel information will load in the Development Review Identify box. Click on Development Plans, which is directly below the parcel information. (Note: it may take a few moments to load.)
  2. Find the box labeled Final Plats. Make note of the Subdivision Name listed in this box -- you may need it for the next step. Then click the small arrow on the right side of the box. A new window will open to the Lancaster County Survey Lookup web page.
View parcel "Development Plans" and locate "Final Plats"

Step 3: Download Final Plat

  1. The Lancaster County Survey Lookup page may automatically filter the documents for the selected parcel under Plat Book/Sub Plat. If you see a list of downloads, skip to #5 below.

    If the Lancaster County Survey Lookup opens to a search page, click the Subdivision/Block tab. Then, next to Subdivision, click the magnifying glass search icon search icon.

Open "Subdivision/Block" tab, then click search icon

  1. The Search for Subdivision box appears. In the search box, enter the subdivision you identified in the previous step. (Hint: the subdivision name may be abbreviated, so you may need to widen your search by only entering the first few characters.)
  2. Once you locate your subdivision in the search results, click Select.
Select subdivision from search results

  1. The subdivision will appear next to the search icon. Click the Final Plats button

Click "Final Plats" once subdivision is selected

  1. Click the link under Plat Book/Sub Plan to begin the download. (Hint: You must have a TIFF viewer installed to view images. See TIFF Help for more information.)

Click link to begin download

  1. If necessary, open the file you downloaded in the previous step. Look for utility easements in the final plat.

The property record information provided is based on the original plat submission process. Utility easements added after the original plat process are not shown. For additional easement information please contact the applicable agency:

Utility easements are noted within the final plat.