Thursday, June 17, 2021
You can buy a new dock or buoy. You can consider replacing your old dock with a new one.
But you can't install or make changes to docks or buoys in Shuswap-area lakes without contacting the CSRD first.
All new docks, buoys or any replacements or alterations to current docks, swimming platforms or buoys are regulated by Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) bylaws.
Lakes Zoning Bylaw Number 900 applies to Shuswap Lake, Humamilt Lake, Hunakwa Lake, White Lake, Little White Lake, and those portions of Mara Lake and Adams Lake which are within the CSRD's boundaries. This allows a dock for some waterfront properties only and limits the number of buoys for waterfront and semi-waterfront properties. Other types of properties are not permitted to have a dock or buoy.
Docks and buoys that complied with the regulations before the adoption of Bylaw Number 900 in August 2012 may have been 'grandfathered in' and may remain under the CSRD regulations, but there can be limitations for replacing and repairing these types of docks and buoys.
New and replacement docks, swim platforms, and buoys may require a CSRD Foreshore and Water Development Permit prior to installation.
The CSRD is not the only level of government that has jurisdiction over the foreshore and water. The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Transport Canada also have rules and regulations concerning docks and buoys and may require permits or agreements with the landowner.
Residents with questions regarding the installation and use of docks, swim platforms, and buoys for a specific property in the CSRD can get more information by emailing the Planning Department or calling 250-833-5904. There is also information available on the CSRD website under dock and buoy regulations. The image of a dock in Shuswap Lake is photo courtesy of Triton Docks.