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FAQ

Questions about Lake Norman Dock Permits and more.

Why do I need a permit to build a dock for personal use, and what are the requirements?

Private docks are highly regulated and must be approved by Duke Energy Lake Services (DELS).  As part of their environmental commitment, DELS manages lake activities to ensure the maintenance of natural ecology of these areas. By managing requests for piers, docks and other shoreline structures, they help preserve the environmental, recreational and cultural value of our precious resources. There are various requirements that will need to be taken into consideration prior to submitting an application when it comes to building a private dock.  Allow us to navigate the application process by meeting the requirements of obtaining your permit, through final inspection.

I already have a Dock, but it is deteriorating and needs repairs; Do I need a permit for this?

A maintenance application is required for any updates or improvements including but not limited to: replacing dock boards (decking), framing, or structural changes. When replacing pilings, floats, or boat lifts a permit is not required.

How big can my dock be?

Maximum square footage allowable over the water is 1000 ft.

Can I have a roof on my dock?

Yes, roofs are permitted as long as the maximum sq footage does not exceed 1000 ft. (Total over the water as stated above)

What does “Grandfathered Status mean?

With significant changes over the past decade, Lake Norman Shoreline Management guidelines have become more restrictive. If you see older homes with landscaping that nearly reach the shoreline, or docks over 1000 sq ft, Boat ramps or Boat houses, this means that these are “grandfathered” in. They can’t be replaced if they are torn down or destroyed, otherwise, they will lose their Grandfather status.

My shoreline is eroding. How do I stabilize it, and do I need a permit for this?

One of the focuses of the Shoreline Management Guidelines is to protect the water quality and achieve some environmental conservation goals.  They have specific rules about what you can and can’t do to your shoreline.  For example, a seawall will only be allowed now where an eroded bank is less than 3′ high.
Bio-engineering or enhanced riprap is the only stabilization techniques allowed in areas where the eroded bank is less than 2′ high.  Again, check the guidelines before undertaking any work on your shoreline.  Shoreline Management Plan/Guidelines. https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes/services/cw-shoreline-management-plan

I’d like to Dredge my waterfront property so that I can have deep water for a boat. What are the approval requirements?

Dredge approvals start with an initial site review conducted with Duke Energy Lake Services. They will determine if the area is in an environmentally protected area and the property lines. There are other agencies that also require approval, which can be facilitated by LKN Permits, LLC.  Dredging operations can only commence July 1st through the last day of February.  During the months of March- June, sediment cannot be removed from the lakebed as it has been deemed spawning season.

What are the fees associated with obtaining permits for Docks, Dredging and/or Shoreline Stabilization?

LKN Permits, LLC facilitates various types of permits. Upon determining which permit is needed for your project, we can meet on-site, or in our Denver office. After reviewing the requirements, we will customize a package for you. This includes details about application fees to DELS, DENR, Engineer Drawings (if needed), County fees and facilitation fees!