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Are floating piers legal under CAMA rules? Are permits required?

Gareth McGrath


Contrary to what some companies are saying, floating docks and boat lifts – like traditional facilities – need to be permitted.

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management regulates all structures, including docks and piers, over waterways in the state’s 20 coastal counties.

Permitting information and conditions can be found here.

Specific to floating docks, the regulations state:

Floating piers and floating docking facilities located in PNAs (primary nursing areas), over shellfish beds, or over submerged aquatic vegetation shall be allowed if the water depth between the bottom of the proposed structure and the substrate is at least 18 inches at normal low water level or normal water level, whichever is applicable.

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When will the refurbished Dram Tree Park and boat ramp reopen?

Why were boat slip lease rates increased at Carolina Beach State Park marina?

Why is the dock at the foot of Queen Street being allowed to fall into the river?

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