CSRD increases maximum dock size in the Shuswap

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The maximum size for docks on a number of Shuswap-area lakes has been increased by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) and the new regulations are now in effect.

The lakes affected by the bylaw change include: Humamilt Lake, Hunakwa Lake, Little White Lake, Shuswap Lake, White Lake, and portions of Adams and Mara Lakes.

Previously, the CSRD’s Lakes Zoning Bylaw set the surface area of a dock at 24 square metres, not including the walkway, which is not limited in length.

Prior to adoption of this bylaw, there was extensive public consultation, which included a survey filled out by more than 300 people and public hearing, as well as sampling of the average dock sizes in the area.

Then CSRD Directors reviewed staff’s recommendation to increase the dock size and adjusted the final measurement to 33.45 square metres (360 square feet.) This was done to assist the construction industry, which often works with imperial measurements.

Docks in the Foreshore Park Zone, which would include CSRD parks, will now be allowed to a maximum of 40 square metres. Minor increases were also made to the width of a dock and the width of walkways used to access it.

Lakes Zoning bylaw No. 900    Old regulation New regulation
Dock platform size
Single Family Residential
          24 m2           33.45 m2
Dock platform size
          24 m2           40 m2
Dock platform width           3 m           3.05 m
Walkway width            1.5 m           1.52 m

The CSRD’s Lakes Zoning Bylaw allows docks for waterfront properties only. In the North and South Shuswap (Electoral Areas C and F), a CSRD development permit is required for installing a dock. Development permits for dock installation are expected to become a requirement in Rural Sicamous (Electoral Area E) in 2020.

Residents with questions regarding the installation and use of docks on these lakes can get more information from the website by clicking here, calling 250.833.5904 or emailing plan@csrd.bc.ca.

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