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J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907

Docks & Piers

Docks, piers and ramps require building permits. They must also demonstrate compliance with all land use and shorelines regulations.

Two sets of plans are required for floating docks, supported piers, ramps, and the connection to the shore.

For floating docks typical plans required include floor plans, framing plans, details for piling location and the hardware for connection between the dock and pilings along with details of the floats to be used and their connection.

For supported piers typical plans would be elevations, floor plans, framing plans and details of how the pier is supported. Typically these structures need to be designed and stamped by a currently licensed WA State Engineer.

Ramps also require elevations, plan views, framing plans and details of connection at the head end and roller or connection at the bottom end.

The most common forgotten drawing is of the connection to the shore even though it may be simple. Drawings of this connection are required for shoreline review as well as for plan review. Typical plans would include foundation plans, elevation plans, framing plan, and connection detail for both ends.

Plan views can be combined together, i.e. the elevation views of the dock, piers & ramp can all be one drawing (see Required Plans).

Please see Submittal Process for permit application instructions.