Okay to dig on city property ?

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There is a vacant lot that was cleared many months ago. The building that was there was only probably from the 1950s. But I have found manganese glass and a house on the 1922 Sanborn map. The Sanborn only extended to that street in 1922 so I don’t know exactly how old the house was. The lot is vacant and owned by the city? Is it justifiable to dig there? Seems like a vacant lot owned by the city would be the most justifiable vacant lot you could dig.
 

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If owned by the City you should get permission by the city, which is not likely due to fear of being sued if hurt. I've dug on city owned property before & have had the Cops pull up saying you need permission from the city. LEON.
 

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There is a vacant lot that was cleared many months ago. The building that was there was only probably from the 1950s. But I have found manganese glass and a house on the 1922 Sanborn map. The Sanborn only extended to that street in 1922 so I don’t know exactly how old the house was. The lot is vacant and owned by the city? Is it justifiable to dig there? Seems like a vacant lot owned by the city would be the most justifiable vacant lot you could dig.
Permission is best. Also I like to call Dig Rite ahead of time to be sure I don't interfere with underground utilities. That marking in itself makes an official look. Positive impression given to bystanders and local law enforcement. I know these guys so that also helps. Make friends not enemies. Do it right and permission becomes easier.
 

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It's gonna be tricky (almost impossible) based on my experience to get written permission from the city. If it's a small town, maybe. City...likely not unless you have connections. They are very wary of liability. Getting the local historical society involved always helps. Obviously permission is best, but when it is unused city-owned property (usually a seized property of some kind-ie. not a park or something like that), certainly I would say that you are probably OK giving it a quick probe and see if anything sounds interesting. If you find a spot, it's a judgement call at that point. If the police show up and you are friendly and forthcoming, they are just going to ask you to fill in your hole and not come back. If you are comfortable with that interaction, then it might be worth a go.
 

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There is a vacant lot that was cleared many months ago. The building that was there was only probably from the 1950s. But I have found manganese glass and a house on the 1922 Sanborn map. The Sanborn only extended to that street in 1922 so I don’t know exactly how old the house was. The lot is vacant and owned by the city? Is it justifiable to dig there? Seems like a vacant lot owned by the city would be the most justifiable vacant lot you could dig.
If you are like most people and don't like excessive government intrusion into your life - then don't invite it. Sometimes it's just easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.
 

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Depends how bad you want to get to that spot. I'm not a fan of trespassers...but if you ask permission and they deny...and you still do it anyways...they probably won't go very easy on you
 

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If you are like most people and don't like excessive government intrusion into your life - then don't invite it. Sometimes it's just easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.
And if enough people do that, they just make digging impossible, for everyone.
 

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