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Permits for Shoreline Activities

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to commonly asked questions about the permitting process.

Want to build a dock or pier on a Duke Energy lake? Want to stabilize the shoreline? What about maintenance to your dock?

Before you implement any activities on Duke Energy’s lake property or within the FERC Project Boundary see table below for links to required forms and fees for each lake.

Lake Services encourages applicants to submit permit applications electronically via the Lake Access Permit System (LAPS) tool. Applicants are required to create a profile prior to beginning an application and encouraged to have all required documents saved electronically (acceptable formats include PDF, JPG, and JPEG). Application and HEP fees can be paid via credit/debit card or ACH.  

Lake System


Links to Forms and Fee Schedules


Lookout Shoals
Mountain Island
Fishing Creek
Rocky Creek


Lake Keowee
Lake Jocassee

Nantahala Area

Bear Creek Lake
Cedar Cliff
Lake Glenville
Nantahala Lake
Wolf Creek

Yadkin-Pee Dee

Lake Tillery
Blewett Falls Lake

Other Lakes

Hyco Lake

Contact the Person Caswell Lake Authority

Belews Lake

No new docks permitted.

Lake Robinson

Please note Duke Energy doesn’t allow private construction at the following Duke Energy lakes: Blewett Falls, Brunswick, Great Falls, Harris, Mayo, Sutton, Julian, Ninety-Nine Islands, Tanasee Creek, Tuckasegee, Queens Creek, Waterville.

Follow the Application Checklist and Don’t Forget to include:

  • Signed originals of the Application and Lake Users Agreement
  • The correct application fee and HEP fee (if applicable)
  • Registered surveys
  • County/local building permits
  • State Permit for Shoreline Stabilization (NC Division of Water Resources and SC)
  • Certificate of Insurance (for leases only)

Other helpful links when applying for a lake use permit:

Knowledgeable contractor lists:

Dock Design Information:

County Information:

  • Mecklenburg County

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

More information on Shoreline Management