When preparing to build a dock, planning is critical. It’s very important to be familiar with state regulations regarding the potential impact of docks. The South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control regulations prescribes that:
- Dock construction should not take place near or on sensitive natural resources like oyster beds.
- Dock length is limited to 1,000 feet.
- Typically, docks must end at the first navigable creek.
- Typically, docks must not cross dock corridor lines or side-extended property lines.
- Docks must not restrict public access in, and to, state waterways.
Waterfront property owners are urged to do their homework. If you live in a newly developed area, you can get information from the developer. Developers of waterfront subdivisions are required to submit a DMP (dock master plan) detailing which lots are potentially eligible for dock construction.
Your local OCRM (Ocean and Coastal Resource Management) office also keeps all approved DMPs on record. The OCRM encourages current and prospective waterfront property buyers to visit its offices to review the applicable developer’s DMP and to ask any questions they may have. However, note that a DMP does not guarantee the issue of a dock permit.
Can a neighbor share my dock? Yes, OCRM encourages shared docks to reduce the number of docks. If you and a neighbor agree to share dock construction, it’s important to outline upfront both of your maintenance responsibilities.
From dredging services and dock systems to retaining walls, floating docks and sea walls, our team at Renegar Construction can help with any project in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. Contact us today for more information.