Dock Regulation Review


Proposed Dock Regulations: Okanagan Basin Lakes Zone

RDOS is proposing a set of amendments to the Electoral Area Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws for lakes within the Okanagan water basin. The proposed policies and zoning regulations would be applied to all aspects of Okanagan, Osoyoos, Skaha, and Vaseux Lakes and their foreshores within the RDOS’s jurisdiction (Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F”, and “I”).

The proposed bylaw would introduce a new “Okanagan Basin Lakes Zone” in which the principal permitted use includes “water-based recreation”, which is defined as the “use of water for outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, water skiing, boating, swimming, and diving”. Permitted accessory uses would include a smaller scale dock, boatlift, swimming platform, and moorage buoy.

Permitted Uses:

The proposed zoning regulations for permitted docks aligns with the Provincial General Permission for the Use of Crown Land for Private Moorage. In general, most residential-scale docks, swimming platforms, moorage buoys, and boat launches would not require the Board’s approval, as long as they meet the following conditions:

  • one single dock that has two boat moorage areas or less (or one boat lift and a moorage area);
  • one moorage buoy (which counts as one of the two allowable moorage area);
  • one swimming platform;
  • a boat launch;
  • adjacent to an upland parcel zoned to permit a single detached dwelling;
  • does not extend a distance greater than 42.0 metres into the lake from the upland parcel;
  • does not exceed a width of 1.5 metres, or a platform exceeding a width of 3.0 metres;
  • in the case of a swimming platform, does not exceed 10.0 m2; and
  • does not impede pedestrian access along the foreshore. 

Intensive Uses Requiring Board Approval:

More intensive proposals that do not meet all of the above listed requirements would automatically be subject to the Board’s review through a Site Specific Rezoning process. This will provide an opportunity for the Board to review any proposals that do not conform to the requirements, including group moorage, commercial docks and marinas, float plane moorage, on a case-by-case basis.

The supporting OCP policy amendments list a number of criteria that could be used in such a review, including:

  • location of any existing community infrastructure such as water intakes, sewer lines and underground cables;
  • presence of environmental and riparian values, such as fish habitat, as identified by a habitat assessment;
  • compatibility with, and proximity to adjacent land uses; and
  • intensity of the use (e.g. number of berths or inclusion of non-moorage structures).

Parks and Recreation (PR) Zone

The Parks and Recreation Zone within the affect bylaws currently permit “public moorage and marina”. In the amendment bylaw, this permitted use would be limited to “public moorage”, thereby ensuring that any marina proposals are subject to the Board’s review through a site-specific rezoning process.

Electoral Area “F”:

In the case of Electoral Area “F” Zoning Bylaw, the proposed Zoning Bylaw would replace the existing regulations related to docks and marinas, and also pull any existing zones that extend over the lake back to the shoreline.

It should be noted that for any existing docks or moorage that do not meet the new zoning, they will be considered legally non-conforming.

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaws:

Bylaw No. 2862

(version 2020-05-01)

Public Information Meetings:



Public Hearing:


Feedback Form

Planning & Development Committee:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2019-03-21)


Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-05-21)


Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report





Public Hearing:




3rd Reading:

Administrative Report




Administrative Report


Contact Us!

For additional information, or to submit comments, please contact:
Cory Labrecque
Planner II