Boat Dock Placement 
The applicant must own or have rights to shoreline property to which the proposed dock is to be attached. Documentation of proof of such ownership or permission must be provided with application submittals (e.g., warranty deed, permission letter).
  • Applicants who do not own shoreline property, must provide written permission from the shoreline property owner for the placement of the dock attached to their property.
  • Docks cannot be located adjacent to subdivision easements, common ground or docking areas without a written agreement from the current subdivision trustees or other governing body that controls the easement area. In the absence of subdivision trustees or another governing body, the applicant must obtain approval from all of the current property owners who have rights to the easement.
    Boat docks (including anchoring systems) must be placed within the applicant’s side property lines extended lakeward. For purposes of this provision, “side property line” shall include the lakeward projections of such line on the same bearing it had at its intersection with the shoreline. In areas where this is not possible, Ameren Missouri may determine if the water space is being used equitably.
  • Docks can extend over the extended property line with a written agreement from the adjoining property owner.
  • Subdivisions of property to alter property lines for the purpose of installing a dock, which could have an adverse effect on other property, will not be recognized.

    Boat docks (and any boats moored to the dock) must be set back at least 5 feet from the side property line extended lakeward. Docks with slips that are placed parallel with the shoreline must be set back a minimum distance of 1 1/2 times the length of the slip, from the extended property line (see Drawing 3-1).

    In coves up to 500 feet wide, boat docks and breakwaters may not extend more than one-third the distance to the opposite shoreline or 25 feet to the center of the cove, whichever is more limiting, up to a maximum of 100 feet. In coves wider than 500 feet, docks and breakwaters may not extend more than 20% the distance to the opposite shoreline, up to a maximum of 350 feet. Within the main channels of the lake (i.e. Osage, Gravois, Grand Glaize, Niangua and Little Niangua) docks and breakwaters may not extend more than 25% the distance to the opposite shoreline, up to a maximum of 350 feet. All docks and breakwaters that extend over 200 feet from the shoreline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to review by the Missouri State Water Patrol and other appropriate agencies. Ameren Missouri retains discretion, with agency review, to allow docks where channel configuration, existing development, public benefit, water depth, comprehensive ownership, etc. support proposals that do not meet the guideline (see Drawing 3-2).

    Within the main channels of the lake (i.e., Osage, Gravois, Grand Glaize, Niangua and Little Niangua), the total length of the dock including breakwaters and a 100-foot buffer may not extend lakeward more than 25% of the distance to the opposite shoreline. The maximum length of any dock including breakwaters shall be 350 feet. All cove and channel measurements shall be measured shore-to-shore perpendicular to the channel at the dock location.

    The maximum boat slip size shall not exceed 55 feet in length for residential permits and 60 feet for commercial (marina) permits. Any watercraft moored within slips permitted after March 30, 2008, shall not extend beyond the mouth of the slip.

    Docks cannot be configured so that they enclose or fence-in the water for private use.

    Dock builders who have docks under construction or completed docks to be sold, do not require individual permits for those docks, if they are moved from the property within six months. The location of all docks must still meet all of the dock placement requirements.
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