On January 17, 2017 the province made a big change on dock rules. All waterfront owners now have general permission to install a dock. No application to Front Counter is required as long as certain criteria are met. For example docks are now limited to a maximum width of 3 metres and can’t extend out further than 42 metres from the high water mark. The old restriction of a maximum surface area of 24 m2 is gone as a provincial requirement. The only provincial requirement to install a new dock is a notification under Section 11 of the Water Sustainability Act. If a larger dock is planned, then an application to Front Counter will still be required.
Now we need the CSRD to align Bylaw 900 with the new provincial approach but alas, they seem to be moving in the opposite direction. The CSRD is making a request to the province to make Shuswap and Mara Lakes a permit area for docks. So much for reducing regulation and duplication.
Under Bylaw 900 docks are still limited to 24 m2. Anything larger will require a Variance Permit. Installation of any dock still requires a Development permit.
SWOA members are encouraged to contact the following people to suggest a more reasonable approach. They should look at what the province has done and examine their regulations in the same spirit. More specifically we suggest you