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 Basin Lakes designation would serve to maintain opportunities on the major lakes in the Valley for community and visitor use, while also helping protect environmental qualities of the lakes and existing community infrastructure such as water intakes.

Objectives include:

  • Maintain opportunities for responsible water-based recreation on the lakes, including small-scale docs and swimming platforms associated with adjacent residential use.
  • Minimize the potential negative impacts of intensive water-based uses, by ensuring that the RDOS Board has the opportunity to review and assess commercial, marina and group moorage applications on a case-by-case basis.

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-based docks, swimming platforms, moorage buoys, and boat launches would not require the Board’s approval, as long as they meet the following conditions:

  • proposal is for one dock, one boat ramp, or one standalone boatlift per upland parcel;
  • proposal is for one standalone swimming platform per upland parcel;
  • proposal is for two moorage buoys per upland parcel.

Some Key Conditions:

  • must be adjacent to an upland parcel that is zoned to permit a single detached dwelling;
  • dock can be up to 42.0 metres into the lake from the upland parcel;  
  • can be up to 1.5 metres wide, with a platform up to 3.0 metres wide (swimming platform can be up to 10.0 m2 in total area);
  • dock can have a maximum of four (4) boat moorage areas; and
  • cannot impede pedestrian access along the foreshore. 

Opportunities For Shared Neighbour Docks:

A new single dock or swimming platform could be installed along a side property line (as projected into the lake) and shared between neighbouring properties - provided they are authorized by the Province and meet local bylaws. The intent of Shared Neighbour Docks is promote opportunities that will reduce the total number of docks and swimming platforms constructed on our lakes over time, and reducing the environmental impacts of water-based recreation, while providing cost-sharing opportunities for property owners.  

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 and RDOS administration 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 2020-07-10)



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Public Hearing:


Planning & Development Committee:

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Minutes (2019-03-21)


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Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

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