Laws/Regulations

 Docking and Mooring


Terminology

Have defined all relative terminology including berthing facilities, docks, boat hoists, boat stations & boat houses. 

Water Rights Lines

Have defined as extensions from lakefront properties. 

Structures within Water Rights

  • Permanent -no closer than 10 feet to water rights lines (20 ft. for non-residential categories)
  • Seasonal & attached vessels - within water rights lines
  • Mooring buoys - boat within water rights lines

Boat Hoist Structures & Boat Stations

  • Roof ok but maximum 3/12 pitch
  • No side enclosures on boat hoists or stations
  • No inside second floor, or 2nd floor sundecks
  • 15 foot maximum height from high water mark
  • No use for dwelling, sleeping, or lodging
  • No boat accessory structures (storage buildings) or boat houses in water (waterside of high water mark)

General Residential Docks and Moorings

  • Number of docks for registerable boats depends on linear lake feet of lake frontage

Lakefront feet       Moorings       Docks

0-99.99                   4                     1
100-199.9               6                     2
200 +                     +3/100ft          +1/100ft

  • Dock size - 720 square feet max including walkway and decking (exception - may have a 2nd dock if first is less than 300 square feet)
  • Length - Max 65 feet into lake beyond high water mark (exception for shallow depth situations)

General Non-Residential Docks and Moorings 

                                                                         Minimum          Water Rights                                 No. Mrgs per
                                                                         Lakefront          Setback                 No. Mrgs          add'l 50 ft

Marinas, Yacht Clubs                                         200 ft                 20 ft                       75                    20

Restaurants                                                       100 ft                  20 ft                       20                    10

Hotels, Motels, Camps,                                      100 ft                  20 ft                       10                    5
Resorts, and Clubs


Grandfathering of Pre-existing Conditions 

All pre-existing permanent and seasonal residential structures are allowed.  All pre-existing NYS permits for non-residential uses of permanent or seasonal docks are allowed.  Replacement allowed for non-conforming structures damaged in natural disasters, fire, or vandalism. 

Enforcement

Building permits are required for all "permanent" structures. Available from municipal Code Enforcement Officers.  Exceptions handled through normal town Zoning variance procedures. 




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