permitting & dock guidelines




At Shoreline Pile Driving, we are committed to providing customer service to the highest standards. Building a new dock is exciting, therefore, we want the construction process to be an enjoyable & stress-free experience. Providing general contracting, Shoreline will handle every aspect of the project.

Obtaining a dock license and a 11 application can become a timely process. We highly recommend to begin the application as soon as the dock design has been finalized.

We have partnered up with Ecoscape Environmental Consultants to ensure all ‘Best Management Practices’ are followed. Shoreline Pile Driving is also ethically committed to sustainable practices, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship. We are continuously researching environmental information and achieving environmental goals. We have established great relationships with Front Counter BC and Environmental Consultants within the Okanagan region.

Permitting for Dock Structures on Okanagan Lake 

successful project begins with efficient and effective planning. Our knowledgeable staff members are capable of completing dock applications and permits of any size. With many years of experience Shoreline Pile Driving will complete all necessary permits and applications on the client’s behalf.

Section 11 Application

All planned works to occur ‘in and around the water’ will require a Section 11 application. This is a notification to the Ministry of Environment (MOE), of the proposed work to be completed. Regardless of existing permit or license, this application is a requirement for all works. The Section 11 application takes approximately 45 days to process.

Land Tenure Application

If you do not have a dock license/lease, we may need to apply for a Crown Land Tenure. This application takes approximately 140 days to process upon acceptance of the application by Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB).

Docks that require a Specific Permission:

  • Old license has expired and the structure does not meet the general permission guidelines.
  • Shared dock structures.
  • An archaeological site is present.
  • Dock is in a paper subdivision.

Please note: An Environmental impact assessment (EIA), and/or a Qualified Environmental Professional Checklist (QEP) may be required when applying for a Section 11 or Crown Land Tenure. These reports can be obtained by an Environmental Consultant of your choice.


Dock Guidelines

  • Dock access ramps and walkways shall not exceed a width of 1.5 meters. This is mostly due to the shading of the littoral zone (potential spawning area).
  • Lateral width of end deck, the rule is 50% of property up to a maximum width of 10 meters.
  • Set back from the side property line of the upland parcel, projected onto the foreshore, shall be a minimum of 5.0 meters.
  • Roof and overhead structures are not permitted.


Colour Zones

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) introduced ‘Okanagan Region Large Lakes Foreshore Protocol’ back in 2009. The MOE created foreshore sensitivity maps, risk ratings for specific development activities, and preferred procedures and practices. The combined use of this information will help to maintain important foreshore habitats.

i) BLACK (Okanagan and Kalamalka Lake) = critical habitat
ii) RED = high to very high value habitat
iii) YELLOW = generally moderate, with some high value habitat
iv) NO COLOUR = unclassified or low value habitat

Each color zone has a ‘least risk timing window


Contact: Front Counter BC Vernon for Dock Permit Guidelines:
2501-14th Ave Vernon BC V1T-8H2
ph: 250-558-1700
fx: 250-549-5485
Email: [email protected]


If you require any additional information or need assistance in a current dock application, please do not hesitate to contact our office (250) 769 7694