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What you will need to apply for a Section 26a Permit

It is helpful to have the following available before beginning the application process:

  • Location where activity will occur, including stream mile, subdivision, and lot number (if applicable). You will be prompted to locate your site on a map.
  • Detailed description of project.
  • Names and addresses of adjoining property owners.
  • Detailed drawings of the proposed construction or activity (including plan and profile views and dimensions) and at least one photograph of the site. 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. View and download TVA standard drawings here
  • 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.

Once you have compiled the information login to your account and select "Apply for a Section 26a Permit".

Do you have a question (inquiry) about Section 26a permits or land use approvals?

Detailed, site-specific questions about land rights, Section 26a permitting, and other approvals can be submitted online prior to applying. There is no charge to submit questions; just login to your account and select the link "Submit a Question". You may also contact TVA at 1-800-882-5263 or EIC@tva.gov to ask your question.

If you have a general question about recreation, TVA lands or reservoirs, or other environmental issues do not submit those from your account. Please contact TVA using the link at the bottom of this page or call 1-800-882-5263.

It is helpful to have the following available before beginning the process to submit an online question to TVA:

  • Location where activity will occur, including stream mile, subdivision, and lot number, if applicable. 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.

Once you have compiled the information login to your account and select "Submit a Question".

Permits for locations where the shoreline is undeveloped (no existing structures, landscaping, or stabilization)
Permits for requests to the change the existing facilities or add an additional feature to your shoreline construction. You may also include a transfer of ownership request with this application.
New property owners are required to transfer existing, permitted facilities into their name. If you plan to modify your facility at this time, please select Modification or Addition.
Permits to establish measures to stabilize TVA or private shoreline (biostabilization, riprap, etc).
Permits for landscaping activities impacting TVA land or shoreline.

Permits are required for the following activities. Select one for more information.

  • New Lake / Shoreline Development
  • Modifications or Additions to Existing Lake/Shoreline Structures
  • Transfer Existing Permit to Your Name
  • Shoreline Stabilization Only
  • Vegetation Maintenence / Landscaping on TVA property