According to the DNR, no permit is needed to install, construct, or reconstruct your dock on shoreline property you own if you comply with the following:
- A dock is a narrow platform or structure extending toward the water from the shoreline. A dock may provide access to moored watercraft or deeper water for swimming, skiing, and other recreation.
- The structure, other than a watercraft lift or watercraft canopy, is not more than 8 feet wide and is not combined with other similar structures so as to create a larger structure.
- The dock is no longer than needed to achieve its intended use, including reaching navigable water depth.
- The structure is not a hazard to navigation, health, or safety.
- The structure will allow the free flow of water beneath it.
- The structure is not used or intended as a marina.
- The structure is consistent with the guidelines of the local unit of government.
- Docks placed on rock-filled cribs are located only on waters where the bed is predominantly bedrock.
For more information and specifications:
- Docks and Access in Public Waters (Fact Sheet)
- Issues Related to Docks (DNR)
- Frequently Asked Questions (DNR)
For more information visit the Minnesota DNR’s page on docks.