How to Acquire a Dock Permit at the Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is a unique lake because when you own lake property you actually own everything up to the shoreline. For this reason, most lake homeowners also own a dock at their residence. Even though you technically own your piece of shoreline, there are still are still rules and regulations regarding owning and building a dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. To build a dock at the Lake of the Ozarks there are permitting and inspection rules that you must follow. Today, our dock building company at the Lake of the Ozarks has the info you need for getting a dock permit from Ameren Missouri. 

Instructions for Permit Application 

A Complete Permit Application Packet Must Contain the Following:

Drawings must show the following information: 

All Activites 
  • General vicinity map showing the property in relation to the nearest lake mile. 
  •  Location of the activity within the applicant’s property lines extended lakeward. 

(Drawing 1:1)
Drawing showing the location of the dock in relation to docks on either side and across the cove or channel from the applicant’s dock. 
  • Distance from the dock to the applicant’s property lines extended lakeward.
  • Distance from the end of the dock to the center of the channel or cove, and the distance across the channel or cove.
  • Distance to the nearest dock on each side of applicant’s dock
  • Dimensions of the proposed dock
  • The dock location drawing must be drawn to scale.

Permit Transfers and Fees 

  • Permit Transfer Application (PDF) is necessary if the property is transferred to a new owner. Ameren Missouri must be notified of any change in ownership. A $35 fee applies to all permit transfers. Use the checklist to ensure you have completed the application packet.
  • Please include an electrical inspection for transfers in participating Fire Districts.

One Source Docks Can Help! 

You won't want to get the permitting process wrong because it's a crucial part of owning a dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you fail to get the proper permitting, Ameren Missouri can fine you or even take legal action to remove your dock. If you are thinking about building a dock soon and the thought of the permitting process sounds extremely complicated, call One Source Docks to build your dock because we will take care of the permitting process for you! You won't have to deal with the hassle of acquiring your dock permit and you can feel confident that is done correctly. When you are ready to start building your dock, give One Source Docks a call! 


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