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Who’s responsible for maintaining ditches on county-owned land?

Ashley Withers

Q. I have called the state to get my ditches dug out in my neighborhood to remove overgrowth, but they refuse to come out and do it. Am I responsible for removing this growth?

A. The N.C. Department of Transportation maintains drainage in the public right-of-way, which includes county-owned property, while private property owners in the unincorporated part of the county are responsible for maintaining their drainage on their property, according to county spokesperson Charles Smith.

Specific property owner responsibility is listed within the County Stormwater Ordinance.

“Homeowner associations, management companies and other parties under contract can maintain drainage features on behalf of residents in a subdivision, but the ultimate responsibility is on the property owner of record,” Smith said. “The contract just provides a means for the subdivision to do all the work at once and cover the cost through dues or fees.”


Who is responsible for cleaning drainage ditches, the city or the homeowner?

Who can we contact to help remove debris and repair a drainage ditch located on an easement in our neighborhood?


User-contributed question by:
Debbie McMullen

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One Response to “ Who’s responsible for maintaining ditches on county-owned land?”

  1. On November 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm Debbie McMullen wrote:

    I moved onto Myrtle Gardens Drive 12/2010 the state has come by 2 times to dig out the ditches why can’t they come do it again . you did not answer my question and I do and will not live in a HOA neighborhood