The DNR rules help property owners understand how to best construct and install their dock to maximize enjoyment and minimize conflicts. Permits are not required for basic docks as outlined in the DNR information. If you are considering something larger or more complex, you will need a permit.
Because of probable ice damage and interference with winter recreation, Minnesotans choose temporary docks to avoid these hazards. You should plan to access your dock and lift without interfering with neighboring property or their dock use. Check out the DNR rules and recommendations to better understand how to be compliant when planning your docking situation.