Changes Made to Dock Applications and Standards

On August 14,2013, the GRDA Board of Directors approved changes to the Application for Private Docks. The purpose for these changes was to simplify the permitting process and provide a more user-friendly format. For your convenience,a summary of the changes are outlined below and are effective immediately.


Changes to the Safety and Construction Standards for New and Existing Residential Docks:

1) Flotation:All flotation materials must float the dock’s frame above the surface of the water.
2) Dilapidated Dock:A dilapidated dock is defined as “any dock that has any structural members, roofing, decking,flotation or walkways that are not securely attached and could pose an immediate safety or navigation hazard,(2) is submerged,(3) is not floating upright,(4) has deck or floors that are broken,missing and/or below water level,(5) is in a state of disrepair,(6) has vegetation,or (7) is otherwise not in full compliance with these minimum standards.”
3) Change in 1/3 of the Cove Measurement: No dock shall extend more than one third (1/3) of the
cove measured from 745 feet elevation Pensacola datum to 745 feet elevation Pensacola Datum. On Lake Hudson, the elevation shall be 622 mean sea level in figuring one third (1/3) of the cove rule. Additionally,no dock shall extend further than necessary to obtain appropriate water depth as determined by GRDA.
4) Property Buffers: All approved docks must maintain a minimum of 5 feet between the edge ofthe dock and the applicant’s property line. For example,a property owner with 80 feet of shoreline can accommodate structures with a maximum width of 70 feet allowing for a 5 foot property buffer between the applicant’s dock and the neighboring property line.
5) lighting: Any newly constructed or significantly modified dock must be lit from sunset to sunrise and during periods of low light conditions. Lights are required to be white or amber and must be installed on the outermost edge at the furthest extension of the dock from the shoreline. Solar or electrical lights are acceptable.
6) Electricity: Any temporary electrical supply (extension cord, etc) shall not be used for primary electrical service to the dock.
7) Dock Builder Identification:At the time a new or used dock is installed,the dock installer’s sign shall be prominently displayed.
8) Mooring: Any vessel moored at a private dock for more than 72 hours must be kept in a slip.


Changes to the Application for Private Dock:

1) Email Addresses: Added new email address (lakepermi for submitting applications.
This is the preferred method for submission of applications and supporting documents.
2) Support Documents: Reduced the number of required documents to support the application. The warranty deed,plot drawing, plat map, water depths,and detailed description of anchoring and stabilization systems are no longer required for all applications.
3) Electrical Certification Form:Revised and simplified.
If you have any questions regarding these changes,please Thank you,

GRDA Permitting Team


For the updated Dock Permit as well as many others, please visit here.