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Docks on Lake Herrington

In all three counties there are ordinances for constructing and repairing floating structures on the waters of Herrington Lake.  An ordinance is a law adopted and enforced by a municipality.
These ordinances include materials allowed to be used, the disposal of old materials and building regulations.

A permit is required to construct, improve or make additions to any floating structure on the water and leading to the water. This includes walkways, docks,  floats, decks, floating houses and marinas.  Permit applications are available at the County Judge Executive’s office. The permits are relatively inexpensive and help document your structure and make sure it complies with safety standards.

Any foam that is not factory encapsulated, IS NOT ALLOWED on the water (there may be other options or treatments available and those will be assessed on a case by case basis).   Open foam, steel barrels and plastic barrels are not allowed as floats to support a structure.

Existing docks with these materials are accepted.  If an existing dock currently in the water and made with these materials is moved on the lake, it is acceptable to leave the materials as long as the dock is not removed from the water.  If portions of the dock are to be re-built then those potions must be brought up to the new standard.  This would not include typical maintenance.

Disposal of foam is the owner’s responsibility.  From time to time the Conservation League has lake clean up days and dumpsters are available to dispose of old foam.  Cutting open foam loose in the water is not acceptable.

These ordinances are enforced by the County Building Inspection Program Officials. There are penalties for not complying with these regulations.  Folks who do not wish to comply are reported to the County Attorney and the case is handled through that office and court.   
Birds, turtles and fish mistake the tiny foam nodules for fish eggs. The foam can clog their intestines and cause a variety of problems.  Recently, a land-based turtle rescued in a Florida waterway was unable to submerge due to the amount of Styrofoam trapped in its body, making it permanently buoyant.

Plastic and styrofoam pose an additional threat. They act as a transport medium for toxic chemicals. Many of these pellets contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The chemicals were either absorbed from ambient water or used in the manufacture of plasticizers prior to the 1970s.

The regulations have been adopted to help beautify Lake Herrington and preserve wildlife.  Anyone around the lake is well aware of the amount of floating debris in early spring .  Anything we can do to help clean this environment will help preserve this waterway for the future.


If you enjoy the Lake please do your part to help preserve it.