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 How to Apply for a Boat Dock or Seawall Permit
Boat Dock or Seawall Permit Tutorial

Screen Enclosure A Residential Boat Dock is a structure, typically made of wood, constructed over a water body for recreational use; such as fishing or accessing a boat. Types of structures include, but are not limited to, dock, pier, boat slip, roofed boat slip.

Screen Enclosure A Residential Seawall is a wall of stone, concrete or other sturdy material, built along a shoreline to prevent erosion by waves.

If you are constructing a residential boat dock or seawall or repairing more than 50% of an existing residential boat dock or seawall, a Zoning Permit and building permit is required, you can apply for them online or in person. If the repair is less than 50% you can apply for a building permit in person or online, a Zoning Permit will not be needed.

Private boat docks shall only be permitted as an accessory use on the residential lot on which the main residential structure is located or on a lot owned by the property owner and adjacent and contiguous to the lot with the residential structure located on it. A lot shall be considered adjacent and contiguous if a substantial part of the lot actually touches the first residential lot or is separated by a road right-of-way, which physically divides both lots.

The following tutorial will help guide you through the permitting process for Boat Dock or Seawall.

As you go through the tutorial, answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. Based on the answers you provide, differnt forms will be required for your permit. You can download each form as you go or via the Required Documents summary screens provided for the Zoning Clearnace and Building Permit.



A Property Record Card contains information about your property; the alternate key number, legal description, list of structures on the parcel, etc.. You can find a copy of your property record card visiting the web site below:


Enter your name or address and click the Search button and click the View button beside your name in the list. This allows you to view your property record card.

NOTE: Remember, if your property is inside of municipal boundaries, all permitting will go through the municipality, not through Lake County.



Drawn to scale means a specific amount of distance on a drawing equals a specific amount of distance on the subject parcel. i.e. one inch equals 20 feet (1" = 20')
Scale must be consistent throughout the plot plan.

The plot plan depicts the measurements of all existing structures, roads, easements, setbacks and property lines as they are in real life and the proposed location of the structure showing distances to each property line.

Download Boat Dock and Seawall Pot Plan Examples



A Notice of Commencement Form notes the intent to begin improvements, the location of the property, description of the work and the amount of bond (if any). It also identifies the property owner, contractor, surety, lender and other pertinent information. Failure to record a Notice of Commencement or incorrect information on the Notice could contribute to your having to pay twice for the same work or materials.

According to Florida law (Florida Statute 713), those who work on your property or provide materials, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to enforce their claim for payment against your property. This claim is known as a construction lien. For more information concerning Florida’s Construction Lien Law, click on the following link: www.myfloridalicense.com

What do I need to do with the Notice of Commencement form once I complete it?
Please take the completed form to the Clerk of the Court Recording Division, have it recorded and obtain a certified copy. You will need to provide a certified copy to the Building Division prior to the first inspection, or you can include the certified copy in the documents you upload during the permitting process. If you would like us to record the Notice of Commencement for you, please mail the completed form and a check in the amount of $16.00 made out to the 'Lake County Board of County Commissioners' to: Lake County Building Division, P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778

Download Notice of Commencement form

For more information concerning the recording of this document, please contact the Clerk’s Recording Division at 352-253-2600; the office is located at 122 E. Main Street, Tavares and their website address is: www.lakecountyclerk.org/administrative_services/recording.aspx

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