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FAQ

Where is Lake Lanier located?

Located just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, at the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, Lake Lanier offers all of the amenities that you find in a premium resort destination. Attracting approximately 8 million visitors annually, Lake Lanier boasts 39,000 acres of water within its 690 miles of shoreline and many islands within Lake Lanier with beaches that are only accessible by water. Lake Lanier provides a venue for all types of boating, water sports, and fishing, while its shores serve as the setting for camping, fine dining, and world-class golf . Whether you are looking to enjoy all of the activities on Lake Lanier or you want to feel as though you have the lake to yourself, Lake Lanier is the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.

What are the Corps of Engineers rules and regulations for docks on Lake Lanier?

The following link is to the Corps of Engineers 2004 Shoreline Management Plan. Always contact the Corps if you have any questions 770-945-9531.

What counties border Lake Lanier and what are their building regulations?

Hall County

Since R1 is the most common Zoning for residential properties those are listed below. For more detailed information of zoning and setbacks on residential properties in Hall County check out their entire Planning and Zoning Guide. Always check with the county to see if any of these parameters have been updated.
Minimum front setback 55 feet from center of road or 30 feet from property line (whichever is greater)
Minimum side setback 10 feet
Minimum rear setback 20 feet
Minimum required lot size 35000sq feet

Forsyth County

Since R1 is the most common Zoning for residential properties those are listed below. For more detailed information of zoning and setbacks on residential properties in Forsyth County check out their entire Unified Development Code. Always check with the county to see if any of these parameters have been updated.
Minimum front setback 50 feet
Minimum side setback 25 feet
Minimum rear setback 25 feet
Minimum heated floor area 1000sq feet

Gwinnett County

Since R100 is the most common Zoning for residential properties those are listed below. For more detailed information of zoning and setbacks on residential properties in Gwinnett County check out the Gwinnett County Zoning Resolution. Always check with the county to see if any of these parameters have been updated.
Minimum front setback 50 feet
Minimum side setback 25 feet
Minimum rear setback 25 feet
Minimum heated floor area 1400sq feet

Dawson County

Since RL (Residential Lakefront) is the most common Zoning for residential properties on Lake Lanier those are listed below. For more detailed information of zoning and setbacks on residential properties in Dawson County check out their Land Use Resolution. Always check with the county to see if any of these parameters have been updated.
Minimum front setback 40 feet
Minimum side setback 10 feet
Minimum rear setback 20 feet
Minimum lot size 1.5 acres for septic with well, .75 with septic and public water

Lumpkin County

Since R1 is the most common Zoning for residential properties those are listed below. For more detailed information of zoning and setbacks on residential properties in Lumpkin County visit the Lumpkin County Planning Dept web page. Always check with the county to see if any of these parameters have been updated.
Minimum front setback 20 feet
Minimum side setback 20 feet

What is the current water level on Lake Lanier?

What homes are for rent on Lake Lanier?

Where can I rent a boat or a pwc on Lake Lanier?

What are the different dock types available on Lake Lanier?

When looking at homes or lots for sale on Lake Lanier it is very important that you understand what type of dock the property currently has and also what type of docks are available for that property. Where your dock is located on the lake and how much space you have between docks will dictate some of that ( corps rules and regulations). Other than that there are many different variations of docks and we will give you examples of some below. All pictures are courtesy of Browns Bridge Dock Company.

 

Dock Types:

Platform: Has no slip but you can tie up boats and PWC’s to all sides. Largest available is 14×14.

Single Slip Covered: One berth for either a boat or PWC’s. You can have them covered, not covered or a covered with a party deck (see below). You can tie up an additional boat to the side and have two PWC ports attached as well. Largest available 32×32 but usually 28×24.

Single Slip Party Deck: One berth for either a boat or PWC’s. You can have them covered, not covered or a covered with a party deck. You can tie up an additional boat to the side and have two PWC ports attached as well. Largest available 32×32 but usually 28×24.

Double Slip Covered: Two berths for either boats or PWC’s or a combination of both. You can have them covered, not covered or a covered with a party deck (see below). You can tie up an additional boat to the side and have two PWC ports attached as well. Largest available is 32×32.

Double Slip Party Deck: Two berths for either boats or PWC’s or a combination of both. You can have them covered, not covered or a covered with a party deck (see below). You can tie up an additional boat to the side and have two PWC ports attached as well. Largest available is 32×32.

Community: Usually for a subdivision and some actually deed the slip with a purchase of a home so you have ownership of your slip.

Courtesy: Usually a platform dock in a subdivision and is for parking your boat while you load and unload passengers and gear. Not used for mooring your boat for any length of time.

Boat House with Party Deck: An enclosed slip and they have them on Lake Lanier with even two and three slips. These are grandfathered so you can have this if you purchase a home that already has one but new permits are not given for these; see Corps rules and regulations for more information.