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Dock Requirements and Safety

All docks at Lake of the Ozarks require a permit prior to placement by following the permitting process. Dock proposals must also follow Ameren Missouri's permitting guidelines for proper construction and placement. To increase dock safety, the local fire protection districts and Village of Four Seasons require electrical inspections and permits for all private boat docks served by 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.

Dock Safety


Fix Problems First

Never energize or reenergize, engage a breaker or reset a GFCI while someone is swimming near the dock. Get the dock inspected and fixed before using or swimming nearby.

Continually Inspect Docks

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. Have both the dock and the power supply to the dock regularly inspected by a qualified electrician.

Feel a Shock, Swim Away from the Dock

Never swim around a dock where breakers or GFCIs are tripping. 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.

Life Jackets Save Lives

Wear your life jacket when on a dock, on a watercraft, or participating in water activities. The U.S. Coast Guard has additional information on life jacket safety.

Dock Requirements


Lake of the Ozarks Dock and Electrical Permit Form

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.

Foam Float Manufacturers

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

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