Regulation of pier permits, boat registrations, and duck blinds are found in  opens in a new windowCity Code Chapter 66opens PDF file , opens in a new window66.1 – boatingopens PDF file , and opens in a new window66.2 – docksopens PDF file and enforced by Lake Services through the Lake Patrol. Licensing is responsible for the maintenance and processing of the billing system.

AS OF 2022, to have a pier on Lake Decatur all pier owners/renters MUST have on file with the City of Decatur a pier permit agreement.  Please print and complete this agreementopens PDF file and return it to the Licensing Office located on the 2nd floor of the Civic Center.

Contact Lake Services to:

  • Inquire about a new pier or duck blind
  • Change ownership of a pier – contact Lake Services or Licensing

Contact Licensing to:

  • Change mailing address for your bill
  • Change ownership of a pier – contact Licensing or Lake Services
  • Provide the State of Illinois registration number for your boat
  • Register a new boat for Lake Decatur
    1. Take the Illinois registration or temporary registration form for all motorized watercraft and sailboats to the cashiers window on the 2nd floor of the Civic Center
    2. To register a non-powered watercraft with the City of Decatur you will need a valid legal form of identification, the Serial/Hull number, Make, Model and color of the watercraft. (Download formopens PDF file )
    3. Provide current phone number and email address
    4. You must be debt free to the City of Decatur
    5. If you cannot come into the Civic Center office when offices are open, please contact Licensing

opens in a new windowDownload 2023 Boat and Pier Feesopens PDF file


Day Passes$15.00
Row boats, canoes, kayaks and other craft that is propelled by muscle power$31.00
Sail Boats$51.50
Motor Boats:
1 - 50 horsepower$59.00
51 - 100 horsepower$72.50
101 - 150 horsepower$83.00
151 - 200 horsepower$96.00
Over 200 horsepower$106.50
Dealers: (not to exceed 4 units)$376.50


Shoreline ZoneFootage $Boat Space $
1$11.00 per foot1st Space - $139.50
$175.50 each additional space
2$10.00 per foot1st Space - $139.50
$165.00 each additional space
3None$71.00 per space

Fees double if property adjacent to the lake is outside city limits

Initial Fee for a new pier:  $59.00

Waterfowl Hunting Blinds:  $51.50

Lake Citations:  $150.00

Parking Citations at the Lake:  $25.00



#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523
Telephone: (217) 424-2709