This morning I received a phone call from a man in California who has Lakefront property in Wisconsin. He was a wee bit panicky about registering his pier with the Wisconsin Department of National Resources before the right-around-the-corner April 1, 2011 deadline. He had come across my post on January 31st which detailed the new regulations. People do read our posts! I am happy to have provided the service.
The good news is that there are no fees to register with the DNR, and after that occurs, most property owners will find that their piers require no changes-it grandfathers 99% of all existing piers from future regulations.
With the enactment of the Pier Protection Act in 2007, waterfront property owners with existing piers now have clear standards as to what size of pier is allowed without obtaining a special permit from the DNR.
Specifically, the new law contains three different regulatory schemes for existing piers, depending upon the size of the pier and the platform at the end of the pier. While the law itself doesn't name the different regulatory schemes, it is easier to understand the regulations if existing piers are classified with respect to their size - regular, big, and too big.
Do not hesitate, you only have about 2 weeks. And spring and summer will arrive, much as a look out the window today would seem to contradict that fact. Did we need that 5 inches of snow last night? I guess we did.