What every cottager should know before buying a dock
Whether you are new to cottage life or have been on the water for years, its good to know what types of docks are available and what features they offer. Important points to consider are: type of shoreline, water conditions and what you are using your dock for; boating, fishing, or lounging in the sun or a combination of. Choosing the right dock should be an enjoyable, long term decision and making the right choice is well worth investing the time to research your options. The purpose or use of the dock will largely determine its size, shape and the materials it will be made of.The next step will be to verify if permits are needed. Check with the local conservation authority, municipality and/or the Ministry of Natural Resources to determine if a permit is required before installing a new dock. Depending on the type and size of dock you are planning the process for approval times can be in excess of three months. Typically non-permanent or removable structures that take up no more than 20% of your properties width do not require a permit partially because of their low environmental impact. The last step is determining if you are going to install it yourself or have it installed for you. Although many systems can be installed on your own, professional installation may be required depending on your specific situation.