Permit Required Additional Right-of-way

Prior to the issuance of a permit, the District may require additional right-of-way to allow adequate access for canal maintenance. Conveyance of the parcel may be accomplished by exclusive perpetual easement or warranty deed. For detailed information on the District’s right-of-way ownership and interests, please refer to the Operating Policy Manual.

To submit a right-of-way research request, send your request including the parcel control number (PCN), legal description, and additional documentation that will assist with District review to:

Lake Worth Drainage District
13081 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Fax 561.495.9684

Request for Chancery Case 407 Review

Chancery Case 407 is a court proceeding under which the landowners within a set boundary area petitioned the court to create a drainage district which would provide flood control and drainage needs. The Lake Worth Drainage District was authorized in 1915 to be formed, assess taxes and establish rights-of-way to accommodate the construction of canals. The canals and rights-of-way were given a dollar value per acre and taken in lieu of taxes paid. Therefore, the Chancery Case 407 rights-of-way are lands held by the District in fee. Chancery Case 407 was recorded in June 1990 and can be found in Official Record Book 6495, Page 761, Palm Beach County Public Records.

If required right-of-way is affected by Chancery Case 407 the land must be excluded from the site plan/boundary survey. Purchase of Chancery Case 407 land is possible by petition to the Board of Supervisors and, with approval, may be purchased at fair-market value based on a current appraisal. An exclusive perpetual easement for the required right-of-way must be conveyed to the District.

To request a review of property that may be affected by Chancery Case 407, submit on-line the  Chancery Case 407 Review Request or print the form and fax to (561) 495-9694.

Land Development Review Process

In order to ensure adequate right-of-way is maintained for canal maintenance, the District reviews and provides comments on all projects going through the development review process with Palm Beach County and municipalities located within our jurisdictional boundaries.

Staff reviews the maps of survey, canal cross-sections and/or site plans for each project to determine the appropriate amount of right-of-way required.  Property owners may either convey right-of-way in fee simple or as an exclusive easement to the District.

Plat Review Process

The District also reviews and provides comments on all new plats for Palm Beach County and municipalities located within our boundaries.  Prior to recording, all District rights-of-way must be clearly delineated and properly annotated, and all easements within a plat must be added to the dedication portion of the plat.