Living with Your Creek
If your property has a creek or a waterway, the maintenance of the private creek is your responsibility. Typically, the private property extends to the center of the creek and not just to the fence line. These private creeks are an important part of our City's drainage system and are regulated by City Ordinance.
When the creek area is not properly maintained, the resulting obstructions can lead to increased flooding, changes in the course of the creek, and increased erosion. Proper creek care includes removing blockages (whether natural or man-made) that could cause flooding, keeping banks vegetated to prevent erosion, preventing pollutants from entering waterways, and removing trash to help maintain a healthy watershed. It is imperative that the work be conducted in such a manner that it will not adversely affect the natural habitat of vegetation and wildlife that share the creek with us, and in a way that will preserve the beauty of our creeks.
As a property owner, you are legally responsible for damages to adjacent property that result from neglect or unpermitted activities on your property. You are also responsible for the actions of your gardeners, landscapers, maintenance workers, and contractors. It is against the law to cause discharges of pollutants to our creeks and waterways.
Guidelines for Private Creek Maintenance
Allowing or maintaining obstructions in a creek is a public nuisance under the City of Cedar Hill Code of Ordinances and is subject to enforcement.
- Public Works Engineering 972-291-5126
- Building Inspections 972-291-1090
- Code Enforcement 972-291-1090
- TCEQ Water Quality Division 512-239-4671
- US Army Corps of Engineers 469-487-7007