Corps reminds recreation boaters of permit requirement for docks

Published May 18, 2012

In recognition of National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, would like to remind boat owners that personal docks on the navigable rivers require Federal and/or State permits.


To obtain a permit, dock owners must adhere to several conditions which include:  the dock cannot exceed 75 feet in total length of all segments combined and the dock may have a maximum width of eight feet.  If you have an unpermitted dock, you should contact the Corps of Engineers to obtain a permit.


To prevent dock losses during high water, all dock segments must have the owners name and the Corps of Engineers permit number displayed on each section.


Regulations have been updated and may be different for each state. For state regulation please visit the links below.


Ohio regulations:


Pennsylvania regulations:


To obtain a permit or for more information about the authorizations for boat docks, visit: or by calling the Pittsburgh District Regulatory Office at (412) 395-7155.


Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York.  Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood control reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.


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Release no. 12-140