For the purpose of permitting with Duke Energy and your county

The permitting process can be effortless with the proper information on your property survey.  Most times, there is no charge for asking to include the information if you ask for it when you order your new survey.  A charge may apply if your surveyor needs to come back out to add it, so ask for it first.

It is very important to place your dock in the correct location.  A survey with all the right infromation will provide placement options prior to building and potentially settle placement concerns if challenged by Duke Energy, a county building inspector or a concerned neighbor who’s view may change when you build your new dock.  

5 things to ask your surveyor to include on your property survey:

1.  Survey the 570 elevation and include it on the survey.

2.  Include the waterline on the day it was surveyed and note that date on the survey.

3.  Sign and seal the survey (Duke Energy will not accept a survey without the surveyors written signature).

4.  Format it to legal size paper and prepare in PDF format so it can be easily distributed electronically.

5.  Include projected property lines and county setbacks and buildable area.  See note and link to Duke Energy’s Shoreline Management Guideline below.

Pages J-44, J-112 and J-113 of this Duke Energy Guidelines have all the information you need, see link below.

Technical reference for your surveyor:

A complete link to the Duke Energy Shoreline Management Guidelines can be found here:


Page 44 from Duke Energy guidelines concerning projected property lines and buildable area:

Projection of Property Lines – For new, expanded, or rebuilt facilities, property lines will be projected by DE-LS by extending an imaginary line perpendicular to the Project Boundaries at each property corner. These projected lines are determined by bisecting the angle formed by the two lakefront property lines that intersect at each property corner. Additionally, facilities must be situated or constructed in size, dimension, or design such that an average-size moored watercraft will not interfere with access to other facilities and not obstruct ingress and egress of watercraft or extend across projected property lines. On reservoirs with local ordinances that dictate property line projections utilizing a different methodology, DE-LS will accept projection in accordance with local regulations with enforcement being the responsibility of the governing entity. Unless the necessary written release is received from the adjoining property owner, no part of the proposed private facility (including anchoring systems) or moored watercraft may cross the property lines as projected (Figure 4B-1). (Note: Pier Zones are planning tools used in some developments, but their use does not supersede requirements of the DE-LS SMG, the General Permits in South Carolina, or county or local jurisdiction’s requirements in either North Carolina or South Carolina.)​

Contact us today for a list of surveyors in your area that we can recommend.  

We can also request the survey on your behalf.

Examples of surveys that include the build-able area and 570 elevation: