Seasonal Docks, Boat Lifts, and Swim Platforms

Effective April 1, 2021, the Alberta Government introduced a new standard for recreational mooring structures and temporary seasonal docks. The Disturbance Standard for personal recreational purposes creates a general permission for most waterfront, semi-waterfront, and municipal dock owners while eliminating the need to apply for provincial authorization if abiding by the standards. The standard can be found here.

What does this mean?

This means that if your dock and/or accessory structures don’t fall within the province’s standard, you may need to apply for authorization from Environment and Parks through the Province of Alberta.

What role does the M.D. of Bonnyville have?

Many lakeshore properties within the M.D. of Bonnyville are separated from the water by reserve land.  If you are a semi-waterfront owner and need to cross these lands to access your dock or if you are a back lot owner, you will require authorization from the M.D. of Bonnyville.  Our form can be found here

How do I know if I own the property or have to go through M.D. land?

Find your property on WEBMAP.

If you are still unsure, please call the Planning & Development Department at 780-826-3171 or email us at — we are here to help!

Lakeshore Property Illustration

The Municipal District of Bonnyville cannot advise individuals on what the province will require or approve. If you have questions regarding Provincial standards, please call Alberta Environment and Parks at 780-623-5240 or visit the AEP website.