Permit Procedure  
The permit application will be reviewed to ensure it contains all the necessary information and will be evaluated based on the location and elevation of the project. For boat docks, the location of the proposed dock and property boundaries in relation to existing docks and impact on navigation will be considered.

The review of the permit application may require approval or comments from federal, state, or local agencies. Applicants must comply with the requirements of all other applicable regulations, restrictions, covenants and ordinances.

Since every possible situation cannot be anticipated, Ameren Missouri reserves the absolute right and discretion to make appropriate exceptions or modifications to Ameren Missouri’s requirements, to make special rulings, and impose additional requirements, including the requirement that the applicant provide a survey to verify the facility was installed in conformance with the permitted location.

Once the review process is complete, the permit application will be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. If the application is denied and resubmitted at a later date, a new processing fee is required.
  • Failure to provide any of the required information may result in denial of the application or delay the processing of the application.
  • Construction may not proceed until a permit has been issued. Ameren Missouri has the right to direct the removal of docks or other structures and evoke enforcement fees if construction begins without a permit.
  • Permits will not be issued for houses or other habitable structures; dumping leaves, or disposing of other debris into the Lake.
Transfer of Ownership
If the ownership of the property, dock or other permitted facilities changes, Ameren Missouri must be notified. If the property is transferred to a new owner, the existing permits also can be transferred to the new owner. Fees to transfer permits are shown on the fee list. A permit can be transferred by completing the permit transfer application. If a dock is sold and moved to a different property, a new permit is required for the new location, unless the new location already has a dock permit. The existing permit number stays with the property. It does NOT move with the dock.

Construction of docks and breakwaters or approved modifications to docks or breakwaters under ten slips must be completed within one year from the date the permit or modification approval is issued. If the work is not complete within one year, the permittee may apply for one, 6-month extension to complete the work. The extension will be granted provided there have not been any changes in the information that was submitted with the original application, and the dock complies with current guidelines for issuing permits.

All other activities (bank stabilization construction, piers, excavation, etc.) must be completed within two years from the date the permit is issued.  Docks and breakwater proposals exceeding ten slips must be completed within four years from the date the permit is issued. Annual fees must be paid for an unconstructed dock during the permit term. If the permit expires, the permit is null and void. Prior to any construction, a new application must be submitted and a new permit issued

Posting Requirements
  • Within 60 days after a dock is completed or moved to a permitted location, the owner, occupant or person in charge of the dock shall affix the correct Ameren Missouri permit number and 911 street address to the structure.
  • The permit number shall be affixed on the Lake side of the dock in a location most visible from the channel or cove.
  • The permit number shall be posted in a manner so it is legible and distinguishable with numerals painted or applied of a contrasting color to the background, of not less than 3 inches in height.
  • Script lettering or similar unconventional type styles are not recommended.
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