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Dock Master Plans

Under South Carolina state law, as is true of all docks, those docks included in Dock Master Plans (DMP) are covered by 2 separate sets of regulations. The general regulations applicable to all docks can be found here. The DMP specific regulations are as follows:

  1. A permit can be issued for docks covered by a DMP. Since the permit is for multiple docks it is considered a major application and must be put out for public notice. If the DMP is approved by OCRM but there are no permits applied for or issued immediately, the DMP will be used as the framework for future permitting decisions (in addition to comments received during the public comment period);
  2. Prior to constructing the individual docks covered by a DMP, OCRM must receive written notice from the person wishing to construct, and the permittee (you) must receive a construction placard from OCRM to make sure the docks are being built according to plan;
  3. Requests for minor modifications to an individual structure covered by a DMP will be considered by OCRM as long as the spirit of the DMP is not violated. Major modifications that OCRM deems would require new public notice will not be allowed;
  4. If the permit expires before all the docks can be constructed, any subsequent permit applications for the remaining docks will be reviewed for consistency with the DMP unless OCRM policy and regulations have changed such that the DMP no longer reflects OCRM policy and regulations;
  5. Extensions of permits for multiple docks will be issued if significant activity under the permit can be shown.

S.C. Code Regs. 30-12(A)(1), (3).

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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