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When you purchase or build a home on waterfront property, you will have easy access to numerous marine activities. If you add a dock to the property, you can park your marine vehicles with ease, have a convenient place to go fishing in comfort or simply admire the view with your feet dangling in water. The following guide can help you plan construction of a dock that complements your property and adheres to local laws.
Choose a Dock Type
You can choose from several types of docks for your waterfront property. Typical dock types include floating, permanent and lift.
A floating dock is ideal for areas where the water levels change throughout the year. The dock will adjust to the current water conditions. You can install modular floating docks side by side if you want separate areas for boats, ladders or other equipment.
A permanent dock is more stable than a floating dock. They are ideal for adding structures like benches and fishing stations to the dock. You weigh permanent docks down with stone, rock, steel posts or concrete piers.
A lift dock is structure that can be lifted out of the water like a drawbridge. These docks are great for areas that experience harsh winters. Before freezing temperatures set in, you can lift the dock out of the water to protect it from ice.
Include Accessories and Add-ons
Your dock can become an extension of your living area or a great place to prepare for outings on the water when you add accessories and add-ons to the structure. If you have canoes and kayaks, your dock design can include racks to store these devices. You can also include closed storage containers for recreational and boating equipment.
Other cool and practical things you can add to a dock include a fish cleaning station, safety rails, a ladder, flag poles, a diving board and a ramp. If plan on spending time sunbathing or fishing for hours, you can attach captain's chairs, benches and umbrella mounts to the dock. To help make your dock visible at night, you can also add reflective and solar lighting panels.
Find a Marine Construction Contractor
When you begin seeking contractors to build a dock for your property, make sure to choose a firm that specializes in marine construction projects. You want to make sure that the contractor has experience with the types of materials that are ideal for long-term exposure to water and local regulations for residential docks.
When you meet with a contractor for the first time, provide a clear description of what you want your ideal dock to look like and its features. This will help you obtain an accurate estimate of labor and material costs.
If you have no idea what type of dock you want, the contractor should be able to provide you with several standard designs to choose from along with customization options.
Apply for a Permit
Many states and municipalities require residents to apply for a permit in order to build a private dock. Even though your dock is on your property, the structure can affect water quality standards and flood control efforts in the area as well as the habitats of nearby marine wildlife.
In addition, if you live near a protected ecosystem, you may be subject to very strict rules on the type of materials contractors can use to build the dock.
Once you come to an agreement with a contractor on the dock design and costs, apply for a permit. You may be required to submit detailed plans of the dock plus a copy of the deed to your property. Keep in mind that if you build an addition to your dock in the future, you may need to apply for another permit.