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for Coastal Development in South Carolina

Commercial Docks (not Marinas)

To properly use this page, please first need to review the rules that apply to docks in general. The rules summarized below are in addition to the general rules and are applicable to commercial docks:

  1. A dock or pier's size and extension must be limited to what is reasonable for the intended use and the site's geographic circumstances. However, if a creek is less than 20 feet wide as measured from the marsh vegetation on either side, no dock will be allowed. Click here for more info.
  2. An Operations and Maintenance Manual must be submitted with the permit application;
  3. The location of the dock should have minimal adverse impacts on wetlands, water quality, wildlife and marine resources or other critical habitats;
  4. If the proposed use of the dock will result in the closure of additional waters for shellfish harvesting, the new commercial dock will not be allowed;
  5. If the dock's construction would affect shellfish areas, OCRM must consider the lessee and public's rights, as well as any possible detrimental impacts on shellfish resources;
  6. Facilities for the proper handling of litter, waste, refuse and petroleum products shall be included in the project proposal in accordance with OCRM regulations;
  7. Adequate parking for users must be demonstrated;
  8. If you wish to construct a roof click here for more information about potential applicable restrictions. S.C. Code Regs. 30-12(A)(4).

In most cases, commercial docks will require an individual permit. More information about requirements associated with such a permit application can be found here.

Last Updated October 29, 2010

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This project was supported through a generous grant from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. The principal investigator is Professor Kim Diana Connolly at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Two law students, Keith Bartlett and Valerie Cochran, provided invaluable work toward project completion. Technical assistance with web design was provided by USC School of Law webmaster Tobias Brasier. Broken links should be reported to lawweb@law.sc.edu. This website is NOT intended as legal advice, and particularized analysis by professionals should be sought wherever appropriate.

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