Regulations for building docks vary from state to state. Before building yours, it’s important to check at the state level for any laws or permit requirements regarding dock construction. In addition to checking state policies, you should also check local regulations, including county, city or HOA rules and regulations. You can read more about how to determine if you need a dock permit here.

Permit or not, however, there are still some general requirements most owners must follow if they want to build a dock on their waterfront property.

Dock Building Considerations and Requirements

Not only will your shoreline property’s location impact whether you need a permit to construct a dock, but your location may also mean you must follow certain zoning or environmental regulations. For example, if your property is in a flood zone, your local or state laws may institute restrictions or requirements for your dock construction.

It’s important to remember that zoning and environmental regulations are in place to protect the shoreline and the waterways. It’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure safety and access when it comes to our waters. Specific dock requirements are designed to protect the ecosystem and ensure the public can also enjoy and safely access the lake or waterway.

Common Dock Requirements

Generally, there are some broad-sweeping requirements that apply to most dock construction projects. Examples include the following:

Before building a dock, consider your unique shoreline needs and the environment in which you live. Your state and local laws may also require permits to build a dock. If you have questions about your area’s given dock permitting requirements or the process for building a new dock, we can help.

Contact us at RDS Dock Hardware to ask all your custom dock design and installation questions.