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An easement identifies a legal right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose. The Utility makes use of easements on private property to ensure access to Utility infrastructure for maintenance, repair, or replacement.

Encroachment / Letter of Non-Objection

If you have or are planning to place a non-permanent structure within an Easement or Right-of-Way, you may find yourself in need of an Encroachment Permit, or a Letter of Non-Objection. If so, please fill out the form below and provide a sketch (as-built) of the parcel including the encroachment, and send to Typical turnaround is two (2) to three (3) business days from receipt of the request.

AWWU will not permit permanent structures within an Easement or Right-of-Way. You must remove existing structures at your expense.


An easement for water or sanitary sewer mains are an area within a property defined for use by AWWU. These easements are acquired by plat or recorded document. An easement is designated as a legal right to use a portion of property for different utilities such as water or sanitary sewer.

AWWU acquires easements either through a platting action (See Platting and Zoning Tab), or by document recorded in the Recorder’s Office of State of Alaska.

Vacation of Easements

AWWU vacates easements by request on a case-by-case basis. Upon request, AWWU will evaluate existing easements to determine if the utility still has a need, now or in the future. This process requires Anchorage Assembly action, through a disposal of Municipal Interest. For further information, please visit AWWU Planning at 3000 Arctic Blvd.

Platting and Zoning

AWWU reviews all Municipality of Anchorage Platting and Zoning Cases.

Disposal of Property

AWWU disposes of properties as they are determined to be no longer of use, or as facilities are removed or altered.

Property Acquisitions

AWWU acquires property through Capital Projects. Below is a link to the current AWWU property acquisition projects:

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