Section 26a of the TVA Act
Frequently asked questions
Can I choose a dock style other than those designs that are presented as standard drawings?
Yes, but a drawing of the proposed structure must be uploaded, mailed or delivered. Mailed information will require extra time for processing.
What do I do if I don’t have a computer?
Computers are generally available at public libraries and realty offices, or you may ask your dock builder to provide assistance.
What if I do not have a credit card to pay online?
Larger retail stores sell cards with pre-loaded amounts. The system will also support bank drafts from an individual or business checking account.
Will my information be safe when I submit my application online?
TVA uses secure information processes to ensure all information is safe. The payment process is through the pay.gov system, and TVA does not handle or receive the bank or credit card information used to process payments.
What if I need assistance with the online application system?
Once you start the application, instructions and more FAQs are available. Users may also submit questions to the Environmental Information Center. Ask a question online, or by phone at 1-800-882-5263.
Can I apply for something other than a dock?
Yes, the system will process applications for numerous types of structures such as stabilization, water intakes, land-based structures, launching ramps, etc.
Is this system only for private landowners?
No, the system also supports requests from industrial, commercial and public entities.
Can I apply if the proposed structure is not located on a TVA reservoir?
Yes, the system supports requests for projects not located on a TVA reservoir but within TVA’s jurisdiction.
What do I need to submit a request online?
- Location where activity will occur. You will be prompted to locate your site on a map.
- Detailed description of question, activity or construction project at your location. You may also include photos and drawings with your inquiry, but you are not required to do so.
- There is no charge to submit an inquiry to TVA.
- Location where the activity will occur. You will be prompted to locate your site on a map.
- Detailed description of project including detailed drawings of the proposed construction or activity (including plan and profile views and dimensions). You can upload your own files, use standard drawings provided by TVA, or mail in paper copies. File formats accepted are jpg, tiff, and pdf. Individual files cannot exceed 3MB in size. See and download TVA standard drawings at right.
- Names and addresses of adjoining property owners.
- A photo of the project site. At least one photo of the site; however, four photos are preferred. They should show the upstream, downstream, landward and lakeward view from the existing or proposed facility.
- Information pertaining to any previous permits applied for including TVA permit numbers and dates.
- Credit card to pay required fee. TVA also accepts electronic fund transfers from your bank account.
How long will it take to receive a response from TVA once the application is submitted?
The time needed to review a request depends on the nature of the request. In general, typical private water-use facilities take approximately 45 days to process. More complex projects and those involving special environmental studies can take significantly longer.
What if I change my mind and no longer want a permit?
The system allows an applicant to withdraw their permit request; however, application fees are generally not refundable.
What type of questions can be submitted through the online inquiry system?
The inquiry system is intended for detailed, site specific questions about land rights, permitting and other approvals. If you have a general question about recreation, TVA lands or other environmental issues, please contact the Environmental Information Center. Ask a question online, or by phone at 1-800-882-5263.