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Shoreline permit questions? Ask Alabama Power

Published 12:21pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Anyone interested in learning more about obtaining a shoreline permit from Alabama Power Company is invited to attend the public education open house Dec. 12.

With lake levels dropping for the winter, several Lake Martin homeowners may be undertaking projects, and these projects may require permits.

“It is a great time for property owners to take advantage of the lower level to get permits to do things like dock repairs and dredging, things that are hard to do when the lake is at full pool in summer,” said Alison Tucker, spokesperson with Alabama Power, in an earlier interview with The Outlook.

Before homeowners undertake any renovation or construction projects, however, they need to make sure they have a permit. All buildings and structures on Lake Martin require permits, Tucker said.

“Things like docks, seawalls, boathouses, boat ramps and wet slips require permits,” said Rhett Hanks, lake manager with Alabama Power Company. “We’ll have anything applicant would need to get a shoreline permit. We’ll go over the rules and regulations and we’ll have informative documents people can take with them.”

Hanks said those documents would include updated shoreline guidelines and permit applications, which are needed for projects built on the shoreline of Lake Martin.

Hanks estimated 100 people usually attend the open house, including dock builders and real estate agents.

“We hold this every year to address any questions or concerns anyone might have,” Hanks said.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shoreline Management office at 1296 South Tallassee Street in Dadeville and will include finger foods and beverages.

For more information on obtaining a shoreline permit or attending the open house, call the Alabama Power Shoreline Management office at 256-825-1107 or visit their website at


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