Dock Requirements

Dock Safety

For public safety, the local fire protection districts at the Lake of the Ozarks and Village of Four Seasons require electrical inspections and permits for all private boat docks equipped with electric power. The electrical permit is in addition to the dock permit issued by Ameren Missouri and requires a fee paid to the local fire department.
See the links below for complete details and an electrical permit application:

When a property located within the area of the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, or Village of Four Seasons transfers ownership, an inspection of the electrical system on the dock must be made by the Fire District or the Village in advance of transferring the dock permit to the new owners. This inspection must have been completed and approved within the previous 12 months.  A copy of this inspection approval must be submitted with the permit transfer application to Ameren Missouri. 
Safety Tips 
   All docks need continual inspections by their owners
  • Water movement, freezing and thawing can cause wear on your dock's electrical equipment. Monthly ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) testing of electric equipment and bonding wires is recommended. Electrical equipment that worked well the prior season will need to be inspected before using the dock again.
  Have both the dock and the power supply to the dock regularly inspected by a qualified electrician.
  • Electrical problems in or near the house and lines feeding the dock can cause life-threatening problems, even with docks that meet code and have been inspected.
  Never swim around a dock where breakers or GFCIs are tripping.
  • Heed the warning signs! If in doubt, swim away from the dock and get out! If a breaker of GFCI trips, something is wrong and the dock should be considered unsafe until a qualified electrician inspects and fixes the problem.
  Never attempt to energize or re-energize, engage a breaker, or reset a GFCI while someone is swimming near the dock. 
  • Get the dock inspect and fixed before using or swimming nearby.
  Do not touch any part of the dock or adjacent docks if a tingle or shock is felt.
  • Swim or get away from the dock, cables and attachments. Exit the water away from the source of the shock. If possible, swim to the shoreline and exit there.
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Certified Dock Builders

All docks and breakwaters, including additions, modifications and refoaming activities must be completed by a Certified Dock Builder or the owner of the property where the structure is located. Ameren Missouri will maintain and periodically update a Certified Dock Builder list. Certified Dock Builders must meet the following minimum standards: 
  • Possess a valid Ameren Missouri permit prior to commencing construction on any structure on Lake of the Ozarks.
  • Provide proof of commercial liability insurance of not less than $1,000,000 with Ameren Missouri listed as additionally insured.
  • Provide proof of worker’s compensation insurance and employer’s liability insurance with limits no less than $500,000, and as provided by state law.
  • Provide an affidavit or proof of proper disposal of waste foam and materials.
  • Pass an initial certification inspection and random inspections thereafter.
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Foam Float Manufacturers

  • Ace Roto-Mold
  • Cello Foam / Permafloat / Dockmate (Dockmate is Overton’s brand of Cello Foam)
  • Formex
  • Modular Concrete Docks, LLC
  • Berrho Cable Dry
  • Eagle Floats by Hendren Plastics
  • Highland Flotation Systems (

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