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User Guide for Dock Authorizations - Government of Alberta

There are new requirements in place for placing docks and mooring structures in Alberta Lakes!  These documents outline the requirements and process for an individual to obtain an authorization when required, to place a temporary, seasonal dock for personal recreational use in Alberta's water bodies.

NEW:  There are 2 ways seasonal docks are authorized in Alberta:

-By the general permission created by a disturbance standard if the standard is followed; or
-By a specific authorization issued by the department.

The Alberta government has introduced a disturbance standard to simplify and streamline the process for placing temporary seasonal mooring structures.

disturbance standard eliminates the need for waterfront, semi-waterfront and municipal waterfront property owners to apply for an annual authorization, provided their docks, boat lifts, swimming platforms and buoy anchors meet a set of standard requirements.

-User Guide for Dock Authorizations

-Disturbance Standards for Temporary Docks and other Mooring Structures for Personal Recreational Purposes (April 2021)

-Mooring Disturbance Standard Moorage Allowance Infographic

-Mooring Disturbance Standard Waterfront & Semi-waterfront Property Owners Fact Sheet

-Mooring Disturbance Standard Back Lot Property Owners Fact Sheet

-Mooring Disturbance Standard Shared Dock Fact Sheet

-Application for Dock Authorizations

-Alberta Environment & Parks Docks & Related Mooring Structure Website

Note:  If you as the applicant are NOT the owner of the waterfront land parcel, the department will then require the applicant to obtain the written consent of the waterfront landowner or holder before the application will be considered for approval.   You will need to attach this consent to your application.   If the land is one of the Summer Village's park reserve areas, please email the administration office to request a letter of consent and provide your contact information and where you are requesting to place the dock.

Summer Village of Silver Sands
Box 8
Alberta Beach AB
T0E 0A0

Office/Courier Location:
4808-51 Street
Onoway AB  T0E 1V0
P:587-873-5765    F:780-967-0431