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Waterway protection Pier FAQ

These are questions that are frequently asked about pier requirements and regulations. They are provided to help you better understand what you need to do to ensure that you can continue to place your pier(s) on the water for many years to come.

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Question 1

I want to place a new pier. How big can it be?

Question 2

I have an existing pier I have been placing the same way for years, do I have to do anything?

Question 3

When determining the length of my pier do I include my loading platform?

Question 3a

When determining the surface area of my loading platform do I include my pier?

Question 4

My pierhead line is established at 100 ft out from the shore, but the pier planner says the length of my pier can be to the 3-foot water depth which would allow my pier to extend 120 ft from the shore. How long can my pier be?

Question 5

Water levels are lower this year, can I extend my existing pier into deeper water?

Question 1

How many boat slips can I have?

Question 2

I am part of an 'out lot,' 'back lot' or 'keyhole development' with a common use shoreline frontage and our three or more dwelling units (e.g., condominium) or commercial structure are not located on the waterfront parcel. Are we still eligible to apply for a permit for a new pier* to have up to four boat slips for the first 50 feet of shoreline and two for each additional full 50 feet of shoreline?

Question 3

I have a commercial property or a property with three or more dwelling units located on a river. When placing a new pier,* do I get double the boat slips allowed verses a non-commercial property?

Question 4

How many piers or docks can I have on my property?

Question 1

What is the difference between repairing and maintaining my pier and replacing it?

Question 2

I have a pier, dock or wharf that needs to be repaired do I need a permit?

Question 3

I have a pier, dock or wharf that needs to be replaced, do I need a permit?

Question 1

What is grandfathered?

Question 2

My existing pier meets the pier planner, am I exempt (grandfathered)?

Question 3

I do not have a pier, dock or wharf, but I have a stand alone boat shelter with a boat hoist or lift. Is my boat shelter exempt (grandfathered)?

Question 4

I have a pier, dock or wharf on my property that I use only for swimming, fishing, etc. I also have a separate pier or wharf with a boat hoist or lift where I keep my boat. Is everything grandfathered?

Question 5

I have more than one pier, dock or wharf on my property. Is everything grandfathered?

Question 6

My existing pier, dock or wharf does not meet the pier planner. What do I do?

Question 7

I have an easement which provides me access to the water, and I have an existing pier consistent with the terms of my easement. Am I grandfathered under the new law?

Question 8

Water levels are lower this year, can I extend my existing pier into deeper water?

Last revised: Friday December 16 2016