License and fee

Before a recreational dock is built within the port authority’s jurisdiction, the upland owner is required to go through our Project and Environment Review (PER) process for approval and depending where you live, you may also need municipal approval. Once these have been obtained, a licence will be issued for non-exclusive use. An annual fee for a recreational dock is also charged.

Already have a licence from the port authority?

Great. There is nothing for you to do.

When your licence is due to be renewed, the port authority will contact you. A new 10-year license agreement will be provided by the port authority. Your licence fee will remain unchanged until 2025, when the new rates will apply.

By 2025, all existing licence holders will have 10-year licence agreements and will be charged the new fee.

Note: any maintenance, repairs or upgrades you wish to do to your dock will require a PER permit and will be subject to the new guidelines. Find out more here or contact us to discuss your specific situation.

Have an existing dock but no licence?

You will need to apply for a licence. Once licensed, a yearly fee will be charged. 2020 – 2021 the current fee will be charged. From June 2021, the new fee based on the zone in which the dock is located will be charged.

Find out more on how to apply for a license.

Note: once licensed any maintenance, repairs or upgrades you wish to do to your dock will require a PER permit and will be subject to the new guidelines. Find out more here or contact us to discuss your specific situation.

The port authority may deem any unlicensed dock owners in trespass and pursue further measures should they remain unlicensed.

Want to install a new dock?

If you are the upland owner, before you build your dock, you’ll need to review the guidelines and municipal information, submit a PER permit application and once approved, the port authority will issue a license. Find out more by reviewing our guidelines.

Fees

We have developed a  new fee structure.

Three distinctive zones are identified, with a primary determining factor based on water/land access points. Each zonal area and revised license fee is as follows:

Zone 1 – Burrard Inlet with road access
(DNV | Belcarra | Port Moody)

Single use: $2,000.00 plus GST per year
Shared use: $2,000.00 plus GST per year per dock facility

Zone 2 – District of North Vancouver – rural lots
(Woodlands | Sunshine Falls | Cascade)

Single use: $1,200.00 plus GST per year
Shared use: $1,200.00 plus GST per year per dock facility

Zone 3 – Indian Arm and water-access-only lots
(South end Woodlands, DNV | Brighton Beach, DNV north to Camp Howdy, Belcarra | Cosy Cove, Belcarra | Carraholly Point, Port Moody | Grey Rock Island, DNV | Boulder Island, Electoral Area A)

Single use: $600.00 plus GST per year
Shared use: $600.00 plus GST per year per dock facility

All fees are subject to GST.

A $250 registration fee will be charged to those with existing licences and those apply for new licences. A $250 registration fee will be charged to unlicensed dock owners now applying for a licence.

Revenues generated from the recreational docks program are used toward internal administrative costs in our real estate, planning, environment, engineering and legal departments, as well as the costs of security and enforcement.

Fee rollout

Existing licensed dock owners will continue to pay their current annual fee until 2025 when the new fee will be charged, as per the applicable zone.

Unlicensed dock owners who become licensed will pay the current fee in 2020 – 2021 and the new fee based on the applicable zone from June 2021.

Property owners who apply for and are successful in an application to build a recreational dock will pay the new fee immediately based on the applicable zone.

Fees for shared docks

If you share a dock, the annual cost will be split between the users. For example, if your dock is in zone 1 and there are four users, the individual cost per user will be $500 per year plus GST.

New flexible payment options

With the new fee structure, we also have a variety of ways you can pay your fee. You now have the option to pay monthly, yearly or even pre-pay for the full 10-year licence term should you wish. Please discuss payment options with our real estate team.