Pier Permits are one of the biggest issue we can run into when buying or selling property on Lake Norman. We decided to go to the source and once and for all understand what is needed with regards to pier permits and property on Lake Norman.

So, when you are buying or selling property on Lake Norman that has a pier, the absolute first thing you should do is email Duke Energy at [email protected] to make sure the pier is in the name of the seller.

Duke will either say yes it is, or no it’s not.

If the pier is NOT in the seller’s name, you will need to submit an application (and pay the fee) to have the pier transferred into the name of the current property owner.

Once the application is submitted, Duke will then come out to the property and make sure that everything is in compliance. After their review, Duke will then send a letter either accepting the name change, or denying it because some items need to be addressed first.

If the pier was in fact already in the seller’s name, then the next step is to get a copy of the application that was filed with Duke and make sure that the pier is exactly the same as what was originally applied for, and has not been altered in any way.

The best way to do this is to physically walk the pier and make sure it matches the original plans that were sent to Duke with the application.

If the pier matches the application, you are good to go.

If it has been added-to or altered in any way, you will need to submit a new application to Duke to make sure it is in compliance with their restrictions.

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