Collins Statement on Corps Delaying Permit Fee Increases
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced they will pause and reassess a fee increase for dock and land-based facility permits along the shorelines of Federal reservoirs and waterways in the South Atlantic Division. According to the announcement, the Corps will delay the implementation of fee increases in order to conduct a national review of the shoreline management program fees.
“I’m very encouraged that the Corps took our concerns seriously and made the decision to hold off on increasing permit fees. Residents of the Ninth District living on or near Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell—and those throughout the southeast living near Corps waterways—will no longer be hit with significant and unexpected fee increases come January," said Collins.
“I want to thank Major General Holland for meeting with me today to discuss my concerns and explore ways in which the Corps could accomplish their intended goal without placing an undue burden on individuals and families living throughout the southeast. I look forward to continuing to engage with the Corps as they study this issue.”
On June 6, 2019, the Corps announced the implementation of a revised fee schedule for dock and land-based facility permits in the South Atlantic Division (SAD). Under the revised fee schedule, which would have gone into effect on January 1, 2020, new dock or facility permits would have increased from $400 to $835 and re-issue permits would have increased from $175 to $835.
On June 14, 2019, Collins sent a letter to the Corps expressing his concern and requesting more information on the anticipated cost increase for dock and facility permits.
On August 26, 2019, Collins sent an additional letter to the Corps demanding a more thorough explanation on the anticipated cost increase for dock and facility permits.