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Do you need permission to dig a pond?

Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

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The creation of a pond by machinery is considered an engineering operation under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). Even if your proposed pond will be small and shallow, the excavation of a pond may be defined as an engineering operation which may require planning permission.

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Likewise, people ask, can I dig a pond without a permit?

If no permit is required, there are expert pond builders in most rural areas that are qualified to design and build a basic farm pond. After you do your homework to determine practicalities of building a pond on your land, reach out to your neighbors for references on local pond builders.

Additionally, how deep should I dig a pond? Having most of a ponds depth between 10-12 feet is ideal. The ideal average water depth is 8 feet. Some people love beach areas. Just make sure you are prepared to treat these areas for weeds and algae.

Furthermore, can I build a pond in my backyard?

To build a backyard pond, start by using a spade or excavator to dig out the pond so it's at least 7 feet by 4 feet across and 1.5 feet deep. Finally, fill up the pond with water, and create a border around the edge with rocks or stones. To learn how to add plants and fish to your backyard pond, scroll down!

Do you need a permit to dig a pond in Maine?

You may need a permit depending on where the pond will be located. If you can build the irrigation pond in upland or an isolated fresh water wetland, generally, you will not need a permit from the DEP*. However, building a pond in or near (within 100 feet of) a river, stream, or brook will need a permit from DEP.

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Olaitz Krummel

Professional

How can I seal my pond naturally?

Powdered bentonite can also be uniformly applied on the pond bottom and then mixed into the top 4 - 6 inches of soil with a disc, and then compacted. This method is quite successful in sealing a pond, but the seal can be punctured if cattle walk on the muddy pond bottom.

Nabiha Mazorriaga

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Can I dig a pond on my property?

Reasonably, yes you can dig a pond on your land. You'll need to have your land perk tested first to determine the saturation level. And if that works out, hire somebody with a tractor to push the topsoil up and build yourself a levee. After a couple years it should be filled with water, ready for your enjoyment.

Jingyi Loubet

Professional

How can I make my pond bigger?

The easiest way to make your old pond bigger is to build a new, small pond next to your old pond.
  1. Make the old pond bigger.
  2. New outlet and overflow.
  3. Clear the big square.
  4. Take away topsoil.
  5. Mark out a small square.
  6. The bottom of the bank.
  7. Dig the big pond.
  8. Put soil on banks.

Lashunda Carramal

Explainer

Will digging a pond lower the water table?

The water table is how high the water is in that location. Digging the pond more or less will not help change that height of the water. digging a drainage channel - a grass water way, a deeper ditch, or a burried tile to carry the water to ground that is even lower is the only way to make the water table go down.

Miladis Schyle

Explainer

How deep can a pond be without a fence?

In general, any body of water exceeding 18 inches in depth needs to have a fence completely surrounding its shape. Every region, however, has varying regulations that need to be researched before constructing the fence. Required fence heights typically span between 4 and 5 feet on all sides of the pond.

Stig Fragoso

Pundit

Can I make a pond on my land?

Though a pond can be installed on nearly any type of land, your soil has to be compatible or the water won't hold. Cliff refers to soil that holds water as “plastic soil."

Boujemaa Hasselt

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Fadoua Enci

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How do I build a fish pond in my backyard?

DIY – Build a Natural Fish Pond in Your Backyard
  1. Step 1: Select a suitable place for your pond. Select a spot that does not collect runoff water after rain.
  2. Step 2: Choose the size and shape of your pond.
  3. Step 3: Begin digging.
  4. Step 4: Bottom drain and water return.
  5. Step 5: Pond liner.
  6. Step 6: Install a Pump and waterfall.
  7. Step 7: Install Eduction Jets and a Skimmer.

Salifu Barbara

Teacher

How big should a fish pond be?

A good fish pond should cover no less than half an acre and be six or eight feet deep over at least a quarter of its total surface area.

Mama Ialacci

Teacher

How big should a pond be?

The largest pond we recommend building is 15,000 gallons, which would be approximately 17 feet wide by 21 feet long and 6 feet deep. If you build a pond much larger than that you run into several problems. In a very large pond it can become almost impossible to catch the fish if you need to.

Silvestre Correa

Teacher

What can I do with an old fish pond?

There are a few ways you can do it to:
  1. Renovate your pond so it looks the same but functions smoothly and stays low maintenance so you can work less to enjoy more.
  2. Transform your pond into a pondless water feature so it's even less work.
  3. Turn your unwanted pond into a fountainscape for a totally new look.

Yazmina Baidukoff

Teacher

How much does it cost to build a 2 acre pond?

The average price to install a pond ranges from $1,248 and $5,049, with most homeowners paying around $3,043. The expense is usually $2.50 to $7.15 per square foot. For a larger-scale project, expect to pay $3,000 to $8,200 per acre, or more. Ponds can be surprisingly inexpensive to install.

Petko Peig

Reviewer

How do I build a small backyard pond?

Here's a Step by Step Guide on How to Build a Small Pond
  1. Step 1 – Choose a location.
  2. Step 2 – Pick a size.
  3. Step 3 – Dig a hole.
  4. Step 4 – Line the pond.
  5. Step 5 – Put a filter or fountain (optional)
  6. Step 6 – Fill the pond with water.
  7. Step 7 – Add plants and fish.
  8. Step 8 – Prepare for the winter.

Dinu Yekel

Reviewer

How do I build a koi pond in my backyard?

Steps to create your own Koi pond
  1. Determine how big you'd like your pond.
  2. A bacteria tank and some kind of circulating water is your next step.
  3. Cover your newly dug hole with your liner.
  4. Install your water pump.
  5. Install your water filter.
  6. Add rocks to your Koi pond.
  7. Start to add plants to the pond if wanted.

Oleksandr Pragona

Reviewer

How big is a 1 acre pond?

1 surface acre consists of 43,560 square feet. To find out how our 20,000 square foot pond measures up to 1 acre we can simply divide 20,000 by 43,560. You should end up with .

Montemayor Pflugel

Reviewer

How deep can a fish pond be?

The best depths for koi and goldfish ponds are anywhere from 4 feet to 21 feet deep. Four feet of water will prevent excess water evaporation and keep predators from eating the fish. Steep, hard-to-climb banks will also deter predators. In warmer climates where the pond will not freeze, 4 feet is plenty.

Lutz Ricciardi

Supporter

Should I put gravel in my wildlife pond?

Adding gravel in your pond actually hides muck so it is not always visible, creates additional surface area for bacteria to accumulate in order to keep your pond muck free and provides a more natural landscape look actually brightening your pond's bottom and helping to make your fish more visible.

Exuperio Lambarri

Supporter

How many goldfish can you have in a pond?

A second rule is to have 1 square foot of surface area per inch of fish and 10 square feet of surface area for 1 koi. So, as an example, if you have a pond that has a capacity of 2000 gallons, you can hold 57 inches of koi fish (5 domestic koi fish) and 100 inches of goldfish (25 common goldfish).

Valentine Rat

Supporter

Are koi ponds high maintenance?

While koi fish may be known for their grace and beauty, few know that they are also one of the dirtiest and high-maintenance fish to own. Because they like to root up the pond's bottom surface, and because they produce a lot of waste, koi pond water can easily become mucky and dingy.