Living on the lake - at least if it's a lake managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - is about to get more expensive.
Officials with the Corps announced last week that they will implement a change in the permit fee structure for boat docks and other facilities on federally-managed properties in six Southeastern states. In Georgia, the change will impact five reservoirs, including Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell in North Georgia.
Under the new structure, the Corps will charge a flat $835 - a $35 fee for a shoreline permit and an $800 administrative fee for a real estate license. The fees must be paid up front, but will be valid for five years, according to information from the Corps. Currently, fees are based on fair market value, which generally ranges from $20-67 for each land-based structure, according to the Corps.
The new structure basically doubles the amount of a new permit.
Corps officials said this is the first fee increase since 2006.
The new fee structure is effective January 1, 2020.
To read more about the new fee structure, follow this link to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.