When buying any type of land in North Carolina, its important to be aware of any water features that exist on the property. This includes rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. Any body of water is going to have natural wildlife around it, both plant and animal, and there are laws in place that protect those life forms by restricting what can be done in the surrounding areas.
Even man made ponds are going to be protected. It’s a common misconception that removing or changing a man made pond should be just as easy as it was to install one in the first place. Legally, however, that’s not the case. If you’re looking to add a dock, boathouse, diving platform, or any other type of structure in or nearby the edge of the water, you’re going to run into a legal roadblock. In some cased, you may be able to get a permit to build. In other cases, you may be completely restricted from altering the area at all.
There are a number of plants and animals across North Carolina that are either endangered or protected, and any actions that may impact there environment are likely to be prohibited. It may be possible to have your land inspected, and to get the necessary permits to build near the man made pond on your property, but if any signs of the aforementioned wildlife are present, you may not have any option other than leaving it exactly how it is.
Here’s some property we recently listed which has a pond: