In BC the installation of docks is overseen by the Provincial Government. Any person wanting to build a permanent dock on any body of water in BC (river, lake or ocean) should read the Private Moorage Requirements. There are specific requirements that must be met. If one is thinking of putting in moorage it requires detailed plans, often requiring the services of a surveyor, an engineer and/or a professional dock builder.
Applying for permission for moorage and installing the moorage do not have to happen at the same time. Often property owners will apply for moorage knowing that eventually they want to install moorage facilities, or knowing that it will enhance the selling of their property. Once Specific Permission for Moorage is obtained, it can be transferred to new property owners without them having to go through the approval process, although First Nations consultation is required and the transfer process can take up to 6 months. Specific Permission is the normal approval given for moorage now and has no expiry date once given. One can still get a lease for a set term as well, usually this is for larger, commercial moorage applications. It is important to read the Private Moorage policy to see which one you would be applying for.
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