Dock & Buoy Regulation

On August 21, 2014, the CSRD adopted Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 851 (Rural Revelstoke), which includes a Foreshore Water zone. This zone applies to the following watercourses and water bodies, as outlined in Schedule B: Armstrong Lake, Columbia River,​ Kinbasket Lake, Lake Revelstoke,​ Staubert Lake, Trout Lake, Upper Arrow Lake.

On August 16, 2012, the CSRD adopted Lakes Zoning Bylaw No. 900 that applies to Electoral Area C (South Shuswap), Electoral Area E (Rural Sicamous) and Electoral Area F (North Shuswap) and specifically for the following lakes, as outlined in Schedule B: Adams Lake,​ Humamilt Lake, Hunakwa Lake, Little White Lake, Mara Lake,​ Shuswap Lake, White Lake.

Currently, if your parcel is located in Electoral Area B, F, or C; you may need to apply for a Development Permit for your dock, buoy, or swimming platform. Development Permits are designated in an Official Community Plan (OCP), see table below to view the lakes zoning and foreshore and water development permit area guidelines.

The Province made changes to its Provincial Private Moorage Program in January 2017.  These changes did not change the regulations in Bylaw No. 900, Bylaw No. 851, or the requirements for a Foreshore and Water Development Permit.
CSRD Bylaw Title Number Electoral Area  
Lakes Zoning Bylaw No. 900 900 Electoral Area C
Electoral Area E
Electoral Area F
Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 851
(see FW - Foreshore and Water zone)
851 Electoral Area B Link
OCP - Foreshore and Water Development Permit Areas Number Electoral Area  
Electoral Area B Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 850
(see Foreshore and Water Development Permit Area guidelines)
850 Electoral Area B Link
Electoral Area C Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 725
(see Foreshore and Water Development Permit Area guidelines)
725 Electoral Area C Link
Electoral Area F Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 830
(see Foreshore and Water Development Permit Area guidelines)
830 Electoral Area F Link
CSRD Dock and Buoy Information / Resources
Dock and Private Mooring Buoy Guide and Checklist If you are planning to place a dock or buoy in ANY area of the CSRD, it is the responsibility of the property owner to follow the information in this guide  Download
Private Mooring Buoy Specifications  Standards and regulations excerpted from An Owner's Guide to Private Buoys (Transport Canada). Outlines size, identification, retroreflective material, and owner's responsibilities. Download

Foreshore and Water Development Permit

(Currently applies to Electoral Area B, C, and F waterfront and semi waterfront parcels)

Apply for a Foreshore and Water Development Permit


Provincial and Federal Dock and Buoy Information

Provincial - Front Counter BC

TF: 1.877.855.3222
Call from outside North America at: ++1.778.372.0729

Land Use Private Moorage

  • Requirements for All Dock
  • General Permission to Use Foreshore or Aquatic Land for Private Moorage
  • Application for Specific Permission
  • Application Documents..etc






Transport Canada

Pacific Regional Office
820-800 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2J8

T: 604.775.8867
F: 604.775.8828

Navigation Protection Program

  • An Owner's Guide to Private Buoys
  • Private Buoy Regulations
  • Navigation Protection Act 


Ministry of Environment Regional Timing Windows Link
DFO Guidelines (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Projects Near Water

The Living by Water Project The Living by Water Project supports shoreline residents, community groups, local government, realtors and others with information and resources for shoreline living Link
BC Lake Stewardship Society   Link
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