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SINGLE-FAMILY DOCKS IN AQUATIC PRESERVES

Regulatory criteria

____ Less than 500 square feet of dock structure (access walkway and terminal platform) over water or wetlands, the dock does not impede navigation or the flow of water, and the dock is the sole dock constructed pursuant to an exemption as measured along the shoreline for a minimum distance of 65' = Exempt (no fee)

____ Greater than 500 square feet over water or wetlands and less than 2000 square feet = Noticed General Permit ($100 processing fee and meet the criteria in the attached 62-341.427)

____ Greater than 2000 square feet or does not meet the Noticed General Permit criteria = Standard General Permit (required additional application fee, allow 90-120 days for permit processing, agent or consultant must submit drawings sealed by a registered professional engineer)

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Proprietary (State Lands) criteria

____ Applicant's property borders the mean high waterline (MHW) of the affected waterbody (a warranty deed or proof of upland ownership should be submitted) and all activities are within the applicant's riparian rights area (the area between the extension of the property lines into the waterbody).

____ All structures or other activities (i.e. mooring areas, boat lifts, etc.) are set back a minimum of 25' from the applicant's riparian rights lines (unless the shoreline frontage is less than 65'). For shorelines that are greater than 65 linear feet, a sworn affidavit (set back waiver) is necessary from the adjacent upland riparian owner if the structure or other activities do not meet the 25' set back.

____ The dock does not extend waterward of the MHW or ordinary high water (OHW) line more than 500 feet or 20 percent of the width of the waterbody (as measured from MHW to MHW) at the particular project location, whichever is less. In addition, docks, mooring pilings, or other such structures do not extend within 100' of a federal navigation project channel.

____ The dock does not extend out from the shoreline further than to a maximum depth of -4' mean low water (MLW). When the water depth is -4' MLW at an existing bulkhead, the maximum dock length from the bulkhead shall be 25'.

____ The access walkway of the dock is elevated a minimum of 5' above the MHW if it is over seagrasses, corals, mangroves, salt-water marshes, or oyster bars.

____ Any wood planking used for the dock is no more than eight inches wide and spaced no less than one-half inch apart after shrinkage if the dock is over seagrasses, corals, mangroves, salt-water marshes, or oyster bars. The dock decking design and construction should ensure maximum light penetration.

____ Adequate water depth exists in the proposed vessel mooring area so that a minimum of one foot clearance is provided between the deepest draft of the vessel and the top of any submerged resources at MLW or OLW.

____ The dock access walkway is no more than 4' wide.

____ The terminal platform (the part of the dock that a boat can moor along) is no more than 160 sq. ft.

____ If the terminal platform terminates over seagrasses, corals, mangroves, salt-water marshes, or oyster bars, 75% of the surface area of the platform is elevated to a minimum height of 5' above MHW or OHW and 25% of the surface area of the platform is at a lower elevation to facilitate access between the platform and waters of the preserve or a vessel.

____ The dock accommodates the mooring of no more than two vessels.

____ No roofs proposed over boat slips.

____ No non-water dependent structures are proposed (i.e. tiki-huts, sun decks, etc.)

* Aquatic Preserves in the South District

Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve (Charlotte), Gasparilla Sound - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve (Charlotte), Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve (Charlotte), Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve (Lee), Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve (Lee), Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve (Lee), Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve (Collier), Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve (Collier)

SINGLE-FAMILY DOCKS

IN NON-AQUATIC PRESERVE/NATURAL WATERBODIES

Regulatory criteria

 

____ Less than 1000 square feet of dock structure (access walkway and terminal platform) over water or wetlands, the dock does not impede navigation or the flow of water, and the dock is the sole dock constructed pursuant to an exemption as measured along the shoreline for a minimum distance of 65' = Exempt (no fee)

____ Greater than 1000 square feet over water or wetlands and less than 2000 square feet = Noticed General Permit ($100 processing fee and meet the criteria in the attached 62-341.427)

____ Greater than 2000 square feet or does not meet the Noticed General Permit criteria = Standard General Permit (required additional application fee, allow 90-120 days for permit processing, agent or consultant must submit drawings sealed by a registered professional engineer)

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Proprietary (State Lands) criteria

____ Applicant's property borders the mean high waterline (MHW) of the affected waterbody (a warranty deed or proof of upland ownership should be submitted) and all activities are within the applicant's riparian rights area (the area between the extension of the property lines into the waterbody).

____ All structures or other activities (i.e. mooring areas, boat lifts, etc.) are set back a minimum of 25' from the applicant's riparian rights lines (unless the shoreline frontage is less than 65'). For shorelines that are greater than 65 linear feet, a sworn affidavit (set back waiver) is necessary from the adjacent upland riparian owner if the structure or other activities do not meet the 25' set back.

____ The dock, mooring pilings, or other structures do not extend waterward of the MHW or ordinary high water (OHW) line more than 25 percent of the width of the waterbody (as measured from MHW to MHW) at the particular project location, whichever is less.

____ Docks, mooring pilings, or other such structures do not extend within 100' of a federal navigation project channel.

____ Adequate water depth exists for the mooring of the proposed vessel(s) at the dock.

____ The dock is designed to minimize or eliminate adverse impacts on fish and wildlife habitat (i.e. mangroves, marshes, seagrasses, oysters, coral, etc.).

____ No non-water dependent structures are proposed (i.e. tiki-huts, sun decks, etc.)

Last updated: January 15, 2008
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