Lakes Zoning Amendment Bylaw

Lakes Zoning Amendment (CSRD) Bylaw No. 900-25 

Lakes Zoning Bylaw No. 900 was adopted on August 16, 2012 and applies to include: Humamilt Lake, Hunakwa Lake, Little White Lake,  Shuswap Lake, White Lake, and portions of Adams and Mara Lakes. This bylaw was introduced in response to public concerns regarding docks and private mooring buoys being placed in the Shuswap Lake system. 

At that time, the maximum permitted size of a dock in foreshore residential zones was set at 24 m2 to match the maximum dock size allowed by the Province at that time. 

In the last few years, changes were made by the Province which increased the maximum size for a dock. These changes apply to both freshwater and marine docks over all of BC. In response to the provincial changes, there was public interest in increasing the maximum dock size allowed under Bylaw No. 900. This is why Lakes Zoning Amendment (CSRD) Bylaw No. 900-25 was developed.

What has changed with the adoption of Bylaw 900-25?  

At the August 15, 2019 Board Meeting, the CSRD Board of Directors formally adopted Lakes Zoning Amendment (CSRD) Bylaw No. 900-25. This means the maximum size for docks on a number of Shuswap-area lakes has been increased and the new regulations are now in effect.

Prior to adoption of this bylaw, there was extensive public consultation, which included a survey filled out by more than 300 people and public hearing, as well as sampling of the average dock sizes in the area. Then CSRD Directors reviewed staff’s recommendation to increase the dock size and then adjusted the final measurement to 33.45 square metres (360 square feet.) This was done to assist the construction industry, which often works with imperial measurements.

Docks in the Foreshore Park Zone, which would include CSRD parks, will now be allowed to a maximum of 40 square metres. Minor increases were also made to the width of a dock and the width of walkways used to access it.

Residents with questions regarding the installation and use of docks on a specific property can get more information by calling 250.833.5904 or emailing

Lakes Zoning Bylaw No. 900 Old Regulation New Regulation

Dock platform size
Single Family Residential

          24 m2           33.45 m2
Dock platform size
          24 m2           40 m2
Dock platform width            3 m           3.05 m
Walkway width            1.5 m           1.52 m

Background information

At the August 16, 2018 Board Meeting, Development Services staff presented Lakes Zoning Amendment (CSRD) Bylaw No. 900-25 to the Board of Directors. Development Services staff is proposing to amend the Lakes Zoning Bylaw No. 900 (Bylaw No. 900) by:

  1. Increasing the total upward facing surface area of a dock to 30 m2 (This does not include a walkway);
  2. Increasing the maximum width of any portion of a floating or fixed dock surface to 3.05 m; and,
  3. Increasing the maximum width of any portion of a permanent or removable walkway surface to 1.52 m.
Dock Size

Imperial Size

Dock width x length (Feet)

Metric Size

Dock width x length (Metres)

Increase from current size
Current 258.33 ft2 9.84 x 26.45 24 m2 3 x 8 -
Proposed 322.92 ft2 10 x 32 30 m2 3 x 10 25.00%

Regular Board Meeting - August 16, 2018

Electoral Area Directors’ Committee Meeting - June 7, 2018

Electoral Area Directors’ Committee Meeting - November 2, 2017

Electoral Area Directors’ Committee Meeting -  April 4, 2017