Work completed on the shoreline of a public freshwater lake often requires a permit. Landowners are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits and approvals before installation of the project. To assist you in determining whether your project requires a permit, we have included the following flowchart adapted from the Indiana Lakescaping Addendum. To obtain a Lake Preservation Act (LPA) permit application from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, go to www.in.gov/dnr/water/4953.htm or call the IDNR Department of Water at (317) 232-4160. Permits cost $100 (which is NOT eligible for reimbursement under the grant) and require public notice to be posted. Permits may take several months to be finalized. With this in mind, we encourage you to begin the permit application process as soon as possible.
If you plan to install a new glacial stone or bioengineered seawall, you will need to obtain a permit as required by law:
If you plan to re-face an existing seawall with glacial stone, you do NOT need to obtain a permit, provided you comply with the specifications in 312 Indiana Code 11-3-1.
- The seawall reface must be comprised exclusively of glacial stone.
- The reface must not extend more than four (4) feet lakeward of the waterline or shoreline at the base of a lawful seawall.
- A walk or structural tie must not be constructed on the existing seawall in combination with the glacial stone reface.
- An impermeable material must not be placed behind or beneath the glacial stone.
- Filter cloth placed behind or beneath the glacial stone reface must be properly anchored to prevent displacement or floatation.
- Erosion from disturbed areas landward of the waterline or shoreline must be controlled to prevent its transport into the lake.