All docks and boathouses must receive a site plan approval from the Lakes & Waterways Advisory Board prior to applying for a building permit. One dock or boathouse structure is allowed per residential shoreline. The current dock regulations are summarized in the table below. Proposed structures that do not meet the code allowances must receive a variance from the Planning & Zoning Board before the site plan will be considered. Once a site plan has been approved, a building permit is required before construction may begin.
All dock and boathouse site plans are reviewed and decided upon by the Lakes & Waterways Advisory Board at their regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held every month on the second Tuesday at noon, at the Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 W. New England Ave. Applicants may attend these meetings, but their presence is not required.
Site plan applications must be received by the Parks & Recreation Department by the the second Tuesday of the month, for hearing at the next month’s Lakes & Waterways AdvisoryBoard meeting. Due to notification requirements within the City Code of Ordinances, applications received later than the the second Tuesday of the month will be held for hearing at the next possible meeting.
Current Dock and Boathouse Allowances & Restrictions
Please note that any properties that do not meet the current shoreline vegetation standard (no more than 50 feet or 50% of the shoreline, whichever is less), must be re-vegetated before a dock or boathouse permit will be issued. See the shoreline vegetation permitting section on this page for more details.
|Total Area||600 square feet (max.), includes boat slip(s)|
|Length||30 feet (max.) from ordinary high water line (OHW)* 50 feet (max.) from OHW on Lake Killarney|
|Height of Roof||11 (max.) above the deck|
|Height of Deck||1.0 foot (min.) above OHW2.0 feet (max.) above OHW|
|Side Yard Setback(s)**||10 feet (min.)|
|Shoreline Vegetation||Must meet current 50ft/50% rule|
* OHW is set by code for each lake. See below.
** Side yard setback may be reduced to 5 feet without a variance if a signed letter of no objection is obtained from the affected, adjacent property owner.
Ordinary High Water (OHW) Elevations
Lakes Virginia, Mizell, Osceola & Maitland – 66.5 feet, NGVD
Lake Berry – 70.2 feet, NGVD
Lake Spier – 90.5 feet, NGVD
All others – Call for OHW
The information above is a summary of the dock rules. The entire code can be found on the Municode website. Dock rules are contained in Chapter 58, Section 58-83 of the Winter Park Code of Ordinances.