Who May Apply For A Permit:
Individuals who own property adjacent to public lands, have right-of-access across property adjacent to public lands or access by public road that are zoned as “limited development” may apply for a Shoreline Use Permit/License. The requester must also own a boat with valid state registration. New owners of existing
facilities may apply for a permit by contacting the Russellville Project Office. All Shoreline Use Permits are non-transferable.
Permits become null/void when any qualifying condition under which they were issued is no longer true, i.e. change of ownership.
How To Apply:
Submit a Shoreline Use Permit (SUP) Request Form
to the Russellville Project Office. These forms are available on the Downloads Menu to the top right of the page. You may also contact the Russellville Project Office at 479-968-5008 and request a form be sent to you. Once we receive the request we will contact you to set up an on-site meeting with a Ranger to evaluate your request and complete the site approval process.
Site Approval Process:
The following are some guidelines that must be met before a dock can be permitted. The full details on requirements for permitting a boat dock are located in our Shoreline Management Plan.
1. The number of docks permitted in any given area is limited by a minimum spacing of 100 feet between docks.
2. Dock applicants must have legal (deeded) access to the shoreline within 200’ of the proposed facility. Ownership of land adjacent to public property is not required.
3. The dock must serve as the home port moorage for the applicant's boat(s), and the owner of each boat in a dock must also own an interest in the dock.
4. A household may have a maximum of two slips and will not be permitted ownership in more than one dock.
5. Docks may not extend out from the shore more than one-third of the cove width at seasonal conservation pool level.
6. The applicant/family household may only have one of the following:
(1) A permit for a private floating facility (boat dock),
(2) Ownership of not more than two slips in a community dock,
(3) A permit for a mooring buoy,
(4) A Real Estate license for a tramway,
(5) A Real Estate outgrant for an existing embayment (we no long issue easements for an embayment).
Approval of Site:
Once the site has been approved for placement of a boat dock, plans that meet or exceed our minimum design standards must be submitted within 60 days of approval to the Russellville Project Office. A copy of our Minimum Construction and Maintenance Requirements
are available in the Download Menu. The boat dock plans must be stamped and signed by a Registered Professional Engineer.
Once the plans have been approved by the Russellville Project Office, you have 1 year to complete dock construction. Once the dock has been completed you must contact the Russellville Project Office to set up a Final Inspection. When the dock passes the final inspection a Shoreline Use Permit will be issued and sent to you for collection of the $30.00 fee and signature. If you are not a permanent resident of the area, you must designate a local party who will be responsible for surveillance over the dock on a 24-hour basis.
1. Personal watercraft (PWC’s) or jet skis are classified as vessels under State law, and will be considered a vessel that can be moored in a boat dock. PWC may be moored between the dock structure and the shoreline without counting against the slip total for the permittee. PWC lifts and ride-on moorage devices may be attached to the leeward (adjacent to the shoreline) side of the dock.
2. The installation of accommodations and facilities conducive to human habitation is prohibited.
3. Houseboats/vessels with marine sanitation devices (MSD) must be moored at commercial marinas. (MSD’s have been required for vessels with installed toilets since 1980).
4. The storage (over 24 hours) of equipment, improvements, or other personal property on docks is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to sinks, refrigerators, patio furniture and chairs, or other similar items.
5. If an electric right-of-way easement is requested, electrical certification is also required. A registered electrical engineer, certified master electrician or electrical contractor must certify the electric service conforms to the National Electric Code.
6. Additional guidance can be found in the Downloads Menu under Shoreline Use Conditions.