Shorezone Construction Requirements

Note: A Lakebed Administrative Permit must be obtained prior to applying for a building permit

A Lakebed Administrative Encroachment permit is required for construction or placement of fills, retaining walls, piers, floats, boat lifts, docks or any other construction that is lakeward of the High Water Mark.
Note: Low Water Mark = Zero Rumsey (1318.26l ft M.S.L.)
  High Water Mark = 7.79 ft Rumsey (1326.05 ft M.S.L.)
  100 year Flood Level = 12.75 ft Rumsey (1331 ft M.S.L.)
The following is an informal summary of the construction requirements:
Fill and Retaining Walls:

No fill or excavation is permitted lakeward of the High Water Mark

No portion of a retaining wall (including footing) is permitted lakeward of the High Water Mark.

Retaining Walls must be constructed to a minimum height of 11.5-ft Rumsey.

Retaining walls greater than 4 ft. in height must be engineered. (Building Department requirement)

A “7.79 Survey” is required prior to construction of a retaining wall on a vacant parcel (3 point’s minimum), The survey must be performed by a licensed surveyor or civil engineer with a survey license. An original with a wet seal and 2 copies are required for permit approval.

Piers, Floats, Boat Lifts, Docks, Conduit etc.

No living quarters are permitted lakeward of the High Water Mark

All structures are subject to a 10ft setback from adjacent property lines. Upon request of the department, and prior to any issuance of the permit, the owner of the parcel shall provide, as a minimum, a boundary determination map that designates the side property line(s) to 0’ Rumsey and indicate two points along the line. The property owner shall have the two points, per property line, marked for field verification by the department.

All structures are subject to a height limit of + 20 ft Rumsey

No structure may extend further than 100-ft lakeward of zero Rumsey or lakeward of minus 10 ft Rumsey, whichever is most limiting.

Fish houses, storage, etc. lakeward of the High Water Mark cannot be larger than 100-sq. ft. and must be open on at least one side.