Docks & Shoreline Work
What permits are required to build a dock?
A Cataraqui Conservation Permit IS NOT required if:
- the dock is removable (includes, but is not limited to designs such as floating docks with an anchor), cantilevered docks, and aluminum-framed docks with support rails/posts that sit on the bottom.
- Where a wetland is present, further conditions must be met to determine whether approvals are required. It is recommended you fill out the Permit Inquiry Form or contact staff when a dock proposal is in or near a wetland boundary to determine approval status.
A Permit MAY be required in relation to a removable dock it:
- The dock is attached to the lake or water channel bottom or the shore by a new support system (e.g. concrete pad) or fill is placed or removed.
- Note: if a permit is needed, it is for the support system or fill, not the removable dock itself.
A Permit IS required if:
- A new dock design is permanent (e.g. post pile-supported, crib docks).
- An existing permanent dock is being replaced or significantly repaired (e.g. replacement of framing/foundation, full rebuild).
- A crib structure is being decommissioned and crib material is being removed from the site.
What Permits are required for other shoreline work or in-water work?
(removing aquatic vegetation, swimming areas, building boat ramps, wharfs or boathouses, retaining walls, erosion work)
You will likely require a Cataraqui Conservation permit for marine development or alteration to a shoreline. You may also require approvals from:
- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- For works occurring below the controlled high-water level along the Rideau Canal waterway system, approval will be required by Parks Canada. Cataraqui Conservation setbacks from waterbodies still apply for work occurring above the controlled high-water level along the Rideau Canal.
- Local municipality (planning compliance, building permits etc.)
Shoreline erosion protection measures: cross-section examples
Natural shorelines have many benefits including protection of water quality, providing terrestrial and aquatic habitat, and acts as a natural form of erosion protection. Below are varying degrees of hardened shoreline examples, however natural elements and bio-engineered solutions should be first considered when stabilizing soils for shoreline protection. Click the image below for a full size view or printable PDF version.
Interested in doing more to protect your shoreline and lake? Download a copy of our Lake Protection Workbook. It was created as a self-assessment tool that acts as an excellent educational resource; helps property owners living along a lake shoreline understand how their actions might be affecting their lake and provides helpful tips on how to improve the natural environment along their shoreline.