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.
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.
The 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.
No Docks may be installed in front of municipal reserves unless your property shares a direct border with the municipally owned property (you are a semi-waterfront property owner). If you are a backlot property owner, you may not place a dock on public or environmental reserves without the consent of the Summer Village and then you may apply to Alberta Environment.
The Public Lands Act Application for Temporary Field Authorization – Personal Use Recreational Docks form is located under the Temporary Field Authorization and Disposition Operational Approvals section at:
https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/aep-application-for-dock-authorizations-application-form.pdf NOTE: in this case, backlot property owners or people from outside the Summer Village would first require written consent of the waterfront or semi-waterfront landowner before an authorization may be issued. In many instances, this will be the Summer Village of South Baptiste if the waterfront property is a municipal reserve.
Contact Ed Tomaszyk, CAO at EdTomaszyk@gmail.com
Disturbance Standard— provincial regulation for seasonal docking and mooring
Mooring disturbance standard— info graphic
Mooring and docking for waterfront and semi-waterfront property owners—
Mooring and Docking for backlot property owners
Shared Docks factsheet
There are currently two shared docks in the Summer Village of South Baptiste: one at the County Beach— day use fees apply and one at the south end, near the east entrance of the Summer Village, owned by the Summer Village and operated/maintained by local resident volunteers.