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North Carolina General Statutes
Chapter 156: Drainage.

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Article 1 - Jurisdiction in Clerk of Superior Court. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-1§ 156-1. Supplemental proceeding.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-2§ 156-2. Petition filed; commissioners appointed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-3§ 156-3. Duty of commissioners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-4§ 156-4. Report and confirmation; easement acquired; exceptions.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-5§ 156-5. Width of right-of-way for repairs.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-6§ 156-6. Right of owner to fence; entry for repairs.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-7§ 156-7. Earth for construction of dam; removal of dam.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-8§ 156-8. Earth from canal removed or leveled.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-9§ 156-9. No drain opened within 30 feet.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-10§ 156-10. Right to drain into canal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-11§ 156-11. Expense of repairs apportioned.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-12§ 156-12. Notice of making repairs.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-13§ 156-13. Judgment against owner in default; lien.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-14§ 156-14. Subsequent owners bound.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-15§ 156-15. Amount of contribution for repair ascertained.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-16§ 156-16. Petition by servient owner against dominant owner.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-17§ 156-17. Commissioners to examine lands and make report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-18§ 156-18. Cost of repairs enforced by judgment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-19§ 156-19. Obstructing canal or ditch dug under agreement.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-20§ 156-20. Right of dominant owner to repair.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-21§ 156-21. Canal maintained for seven years presumed a necessity; drainage assessments declared liens.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-22§ 156-22. Supplemental assessments to make up deficiency; vacancy appointments of assessment jurors.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-23§ 156-23. Easement of drainage surrendered.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-24§ 156-24. Obstructing drain cut by consent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-25§ 156-25. Protection of canals, ditches, and natural drains.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-26§ 156-26. Procedure upon agreement.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-27§ 156-27. Recovery for benefits; payment of damages.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-28§ 156-28. Notice to landowners; assessments made by viewers.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-29§ 156-29. Report filed; appeal and jury trial.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-30§ 156-30. Confirmation of report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-31§ 156-31. Payment in installments.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 2 - Jurisdiction in County Commissioners. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-32§ 156-32. Petition filed; board appointed; refusal to serve misdemeanor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-33§ 156-33. Duty of board; refusal to comply with their requirements misdemeanor.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-34§ 156-34. Report filed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-35§ 156-35. Owners to keep ditch open.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-36§ 156-36. Compensation of board.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 3 - Manner of Organization. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-37§ 156-37. Petition filed in superior court.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-38§ 156-38. Commissioners appointed; report required.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-39§ 156-39. Surveyor employed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-40§ 156-40. Confirmation of report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-41§ 156-41. Proprietors become a corporation.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-42§ 156-42. Organization; corporate name, officers and powers.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-43§ 156-43. Incorporation of canal already constructed; commissioners; reports.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 4 - Rights and Liabilities in the Corporation. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-44§ 156-44. Shares of stock annexed to land.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-45§ 156-45. Shareholders to pay assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-46§ 156-46. Payment of dues entitles to use of canal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-47§ 156-47. Rights of infant owners protected.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-48§ 156-48. Compensation for damage to lands.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-49§ 156-49. Dissolution of corporation.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-50§ 156-50. Laborer's lien for work on canal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-51§ 156-51. Penalty for nonpayment of assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-52§ 156-52. Corporation authorized to issue bonds.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-53§ 156-53. Payment of bonds enforced.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 5 - Establishment of Districts. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-54§ 156-54. Jurisdiction to establish districts.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-55§ 156-55. Venue; special proceedings.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-56§ 156-56. Petition filed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-57§ 156-57. Bond filed and summons issued.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-58§ 156-58. Publication in case of unknown owners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-59§ 156-59. Board of viewers appointed by clerk.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-60§ 156-60. Attorney for petitioners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-61§ 156-61. Estimate of expense and manner of payment; advancement of funds and repayment from assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-62§ 156-62. Examination of lands and preliminary report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-63§ 156-63. First hearing of preliminary report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-64§ 156-64. Notice of further hearing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-65§ 156-65. Further hearing, and district established.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-66§ 156-66. Right of appeal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-67§ 156-67. Condemnation of land.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-68§ 156-68. Complete survey ordered.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-69§ 156-69. Nature of the survey; conservation and replacement of fish and wildlife habitat; structures to control and store water.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-70§ 156-70. Assessment of damages.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-70.1§ 156-70.1. When title deemed acquired for purpose of easements or rights-of-way; notice to landowner; claim for compensation; appeal.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-71§ 156-71. Classification of lands and benefits.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-72§ 156-72. Extension of time for report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-73§ 156-73. Final report filed; notice of hearing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-74§ 156-74. Adjudication upon final report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-75§ 156-75. Appeal from final hearing.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-76§ 156-76. Compensation of board of viewers.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-77§ 156-77. Account of expenses filed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-78§ 156-78. Drainage record.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-78.1§ 156-78.1. Municipalities.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 6 - Drainage Commissioners. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-79§ 156-79. Appointment and organization under original act.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-80§ 156-80. Name of districts.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-81§ 156-81. Appointment and organization under amended act.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-81.1§ 156-81.1. Treasurer.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-82§ 156-82. Validation of election of members of drainage commission.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-82.1§ 156-82.1. Duties and powers of the board of drainage commissioners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-82.2§ 156-82.2. Appointment of drainage commissioners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-82.3§ 156-82.3. Validation of previous actions.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 7 - Construction of Improvement. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-83§ 156-83. Superintendent of construction.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-84§ 156-84. Letting contracts.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-85§ 156-85. Monthly estimates for work and payments thereon; final payment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-86§ 156-86. Failure of contractors; reletting.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-87§ 156-87. Right to enter upon lands; removal of timber.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-88§ 156-88. Drainage across public or private ways.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-89§ 156-89. Drainage across railroads; procedure.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-90§ 156-90. Notice to railroad.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-91§ 156-91. Manner of construction across railroad.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-92§ 156-92. Control and repairs by drainage commissioners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93§ 156-93. Construction of lateral drains.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 7A - Maintenance. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.1§ 156-93.1. Maintenance assessments and contracts; engineering assistance, construction equipment, etc.; joint or consolidated maintenance operations; water-retardant structures; borrowing in anticipation of revenue.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 7B - Improvement, Renovation, Enlargement and Extension of Canals, Structures and Boundaries. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.2§ 156-93.2. Proceedings for improvement, renovation and extension of canals, structures and equipment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.3§ 156-93.3. Extension of boundaries.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.4§ 156-93.4. Coordination of proceedings under §§ 156-93.2 and 156-93.3.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.5§ 156-93.5. Assessments and bonds for improvement, renovation, enlargement and extension.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.6§ 156-93.6. Rights-of-way and easements for existing districts.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-93.7§ 156-93.7. Existing districts may act together to extend boundaries within watershed.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 8 - Assessments and Bond Issue. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-94§ 156-94. Total cost for three years ascertained.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-95§ 156-95. Assessment and payment; notice of bond issue.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-96§ 156-96. Failure to pay deemed consent to bond issue.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-97§ 156-97. Bonds issued.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-97.1§ 156-97.1. Issuance of assessment anticipation notes.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-98§ 156-98. Form of bonds and notes; excess assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-99§ 156-99. Application of funds; holder's remedy.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-100§ 156-100. Sale of bonds.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-100.1§ 156-100.1. Sale of assessment anticipation notes.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-100.2§ 156-100.2. Payment of assessments which become liens after original bond issue.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-100.3§ 156-100.3. Sinking fund.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-101§ 156-101. Refunding bonds issued.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-102§ 156-102. Drainage bonds received as deposits.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-103§ 156-103. Assessment rolls prepared.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-104§ 156-104. Application of amendatory provisions of certain sections; amendment or reformation of proceedings.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-105§ 156-105. Assessment lien; collection; sale of land.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-106§ 156-106. Assessment not collectible out of other property of delinquent.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-107§ 156-107. Sheriff in good faith selling property for assessment not liable for irregularity.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-108§ 156-108. Receipt books prepared.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-109§ 156-109. Receipt books where lands in two or more counties.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-110§ 156-110. Authority to collect arrears.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-111§ 156-111. Sheriff to make monthly settlements; penalty.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-112§ 156-112. Duty of treasurer to make payment; penalty.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-113§ 156-113. Fees for collection and disbursement.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-114§ 156-114. Conveyance of land; change in assessment roll; procedure.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-115§ 156-115. Warranty in deed runs to purchaser who pays assessment.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-116§ 156-116. Modification of assessments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-117§ 156-117. Subdistricts formed.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-118 through 156-120§§ 156-118 through 156-120. Repealed by Session Laws 1961, c. 614, s. 11.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-121§ 156-121. Redress to dissatisfied landowners.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-122§ 156-122. Increase to extinguish debt.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-123§ 156-123. Proceedings as for original bond issue.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-124§ 156-124. No drainage assessments for original object may be levied on property when once paid in full.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-124.1§ 156-124.1. Repealed by Session Laws 1961, c. 614, s. 11.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 9 - Adjustment of Delinquent Assessments. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-125§ 156-125. Adjustment by board of commissioners authorized.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-126§ 156-126. Extension of adjusted installments.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-127§ 156-127. Special fund set up; distribution of collections.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-128§ 156-128. Approval of adjustments by Local Government Commission.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-129§ 156-129. Amount of assessments limited; reassessments regulated.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 10 - Reports of Officers. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-130§ 156-130. Drainage commissioners to make statements.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-131§ 156-131. Annual report.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-132§ 156-132. Penalty for failure.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-133§ 156-133. Auditor appointed; duties; compensation.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-134§ 156-134. Duties of the auditor.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 11 - General Provisions. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-135§ 156-135. Construction of drainage law.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-135.1§ 156-135.1. Investment of surplus funds.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-136§ 156-136. Removal of officers.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-137§ 156-137. Local drainage laws not affected.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-138§ 156-138. Punishment for violating law as to drainage districts.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-138.1§ 156-138.1. Acquisition and disposition of lands; lease to or from federal or State government or agency thereof.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-138.2§ 156-138.2. Meaning of "majority of resident landowners" and "owners of three fifths of land area."[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-138.3§ 156-138.3. Notice.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-138.4§ 156-138.4. Procedures to be followed in connection with drainage projects that involve channelization.[HTML] [RTF]
Article 12 - Protection of Public Health. [HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-139§ 156-139. Cleaning and draining of streams, etc., under supervision of governmental agencies.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-140§ 156-140. Tax levy.[HTML] [RTF]
G.S. 156-141§ 156-141. Article applicable to certain counties only.[HTML] [RTF]

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