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permission guidelines for placing 1st cache..

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Hi ya'll.. considering starting to place some caches in central Michigan area.  My basic question is: do I need to obtain permission for placing them in around public structures (ie: street signs, guard rails, etcc...)?  Or can I just place them?  How about right-of-ways off public streets?  How big is the right-of-way?  This is a new world for me; please help..  thanx!  -bill

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One of the first questions I ask myself when placing a cache, is there a reason for bringing people to this location. Is there something unique and meaningful to this street sign or guardrail that warrants a cache placement. 

 

Aside from that, you might find some information in the Regional Policies Wiki:  

 

https://wiki.Groundspeak.com/display/GEO/Home

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I was just wondering myself about some of these things.... Is under a bridge considered an easement, or does it belong to the adjacent property owner?? In other words, do easements have a y axis? How far down or up? Sort of interesting to me from a legal perspective I guess. What about large bodies of water? Who owns a buoy in the ocean? :)

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IANAL, but my understanding is that easements grant access for a specific purpose (e.g., installing/maintaining utilities, traveling on a road/path). They don't grant everyone the right to do anything they want.

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6 hours ago, stevnated said:

Is under a bridge considered an easement, or does it belong to the adjacent property owner??

Links for reference:

 

https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/109886-idaho-cache-mistaken-for-bomb/

 

https://coord.info/GC185AN

 

I probably wouldn't waste my time dwelling on "ownership" too much.  I don't think the bomb squads check County property records or anything before heading out for a call.

 

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On 6/21/2019 at 12:24 AM, stevnated said:

I was just wondering myself about some of these things.... Is under a bridge considered an easement, or does it belong to the adjacent property owner??

 

An easement provides legal right to use somebody's land for a specific limited purpose, but title to the land continues to belong to the landowner.

In our area, bridges [where traffic travels] are property of the Dept. of Transportation.  (In Virginia, that's off-limits for cache hiding.)

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On 6/21/2019 at 12:24 AM, stevnated said:

Who owns a buoy in the ocean?

 

Depends on its purpose, of which there are several.

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