Lake Keowee is a controlled lake with rules and regulations that make living and recreation both enjoyable and attractive. Duke Energy has rules that control the area inside the 804’ topographical contour, and those rules are supplemented by individual community property owner association requirements. Duke’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Lake Keowee addresses dock installations, erosion control, planting and every construction activity taking place along the shoreline of Lake Keowee.
Whether you live in a gated community or not, permits are required for structures such as docks, erosion control, etc, as well as any clearing and planting within the shoreline setbacks of Lake Keowee. When purchasing a property with an existing structure, be sure to confirm that a valid permit is in effect. These Permit FAQ’s complied by Carolina Dock Co., provide insight to the dock permit process from a Duke Energy perspective.
Community guidelines are imposed on dock structures in addition to what Duke regulates. These Design Guidelines control dock roof style and color, decking materials, etc. The various communities’ Architectural Review Boards are the authority for additional requirements and should be consulted accordingly.