I want to work on the lakeshore

With a view to developing and harmonizing the water sports, tourist and sporting activities practiced on the lake and its banks, and to protect the site from the risk of a proliferation of disparate and unsightly developments, the two annual "tourism commissions" are the body responsible for proposing the most appropriate actions in terms of tourism on the Serre-Ponçon lake. The aim is to ensure complementarity and the necessary diversification of the local tourist economy, while respecting the Serre-Ponçon environment.

SMADESEP has defined the conditions for occupying the public hydroelectric domain and the various nautical, tourist and sporting activities carried out on the reservoir and its banks.

At the request of the interested party, the 2 annual "tourism commissions" examine the request and, by means of an agreement, issue a temporary occupation permit (AOT) specifying the purpose and duration of the occupation. The authorization, which is always granted on a precarious and revocable basis, is subject to a fee for occupying the public domain.

All applications must be submitted :

  • before September 30, for a proposed activity to be presented at the December Tourism Committee meeting.

    These two commissions are responsible for examining projects for implementation (subject to the commission's approval) during the following summer season.

Temporary Occupancy Authorization procedures

In all cases, any temporary installation project destined to be set up on the Serre-Ponçon public hydroelectric domain must firstobtain an AOT agreement.

This agreement, if granted , in no wayprejudices other applicable legislation (coastal law, building permits, etc.).

The common legal instrument is thetemporary occupation permit, subject to a fee and always issued on a personal, precarious and revocable basis.

Around Lac de Serre-Ponçon, a "Tourism" commission has been set up, with the main aim of examining requests forAOTs and gathering the opinions of the organizations concerned.

For all requests for application, renewal or modification of an AOT in Serre-Ponçon, a file must be completed and returned to SMADESEP (AOT application file), together with supporting documents.

Selection criteria for AOT applications :

  1. Quality of the application: business plan, jobs generated, quality of the file, etc.
  2. Investment planned by the applicant for the project
  3. Integration of the project into the surrounding environment

Deadline for AOT applications :

All AOT applications must be submitted to the S.M.A.D.E.S.E.P, Tourism Department :

  • by September 30 of year "n-1" at the latest, for an installation planned for year "n+1". (e.g.: for an installation starting in 2024, applications must be submitted no later than September 30, 2023).

Please note that all requests for major modifications must be notified to us before June 30, in order to comply with our publication obligation.

Scale of charges for occupancy of the public hydroelectric domain :

All occupations on Serre-Ponçon's public hydroelectric domain are subject to payment of a fee:

List of Temporary Occupancy Agreements on the Serre-Ponçon public domain

List of COTs with start and end dates

I want to change my AOT Major and minor modifications: understanding the difference.

As a beneficiary of an AOT, you are responsible for informing the Tourism Department of any changes you wish to make to your AOT, for example, in the event of business development, additional construction or planned works, prior to any implementation.

The table below sets out the procedure to be followed:

tableau des typologies de modifications AOT

Some current COTs on the lake...