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Now that we have read all about marine construction, boatlifts, features, accessories and associated equipment it is necessary to review what is required to apply for, expedite and receive the necessary permits to have that pier, dock, bulkhead, boat or yacht lift.

Permits are usually required if the property owner intends to have a marine contractor or someone else install or insert any object that shades the water bottom, is inserted in the water bottom, in front of an existing seawall, bulkhead or along a property line. These objects include but are not limited to, poles, piles, posts, and masts from boatlifts, corrugated seawall materials, docks, (floating or fixed) or any other structure connected to or shading the water bottom.

Usually the permit application package will include four agencies. These include but are not limited to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) [Department of Environmental Protection, in other states outside of NY], Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State, and the County or Township where the property is located.

The applicant or property owner should prepare the following information for the professional agent who is to be their representative. The owner must also sign the following letter so the agent has the authority to act in behalf of the applicant.

ACE Inc.
Exclusive New York Distributor
Hi-Tide Boat Lifts

414 South Service Road #233
Patchogue, NY 11772

FAX 631-244-8784


1. Copy of survey… TO SCALE
2. Copy of tax bill or tax bill numbers; (District, Section, Block, Lot)
3. Letter of authorization (Below)
4. Check made out to the municipality or County for $? ______
(After receipt of the State Agency Permit)
5. Payment for the permit work in the amount of $ __________
6. Name and address of adjacent neighbors; (to North, South, East, West)

Name and address _____________________________________________

Name and address _____________________________________________


ACE Inc.
Exclusive New York Distributor
Hi-Tide Boat Lifts
414 South Service Road #233
Patchogue, NY 11772
FAX 631-244-8784

I, ________________________________________, authorize ACE Inc.
(Property Owner print name)

to secure the necessary permits from the DEC, Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Department of State and the Township or County where my proposed waterfront project is located.


Signature of Property Owner: _________________________________


Site of proposed waterfront project:


Home phone __________________________

Work Phone __________________________

FAX Number __________________________

The Permit Process, with no complications, usually takes about 16 weeks after submission of the applications. It could take substantially longer if permits are required for Incorporated Villages, Property Owner Associations or other groups. In cases such as these a lead-time of one year or more is not unusual.

The experienced professional agent can advise the property owner before submitting an application, about the restrictions, requirements, and marine construction design parameters and look for existing violations. This is very important as the Agencies and Authorities send inspectors into the field to inspect the site after the application is submitted. The inspector looks for pre-existing violations and compares the application layout to the actual property configuration to assure that the new structures and objects will not be in violation of codes after construction and installation. Fines for violations can be very costly!