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New No Wake Buoy Regulations

The Missouri State Water Patrol has finalized proposed changes to buoy guidelines.

In addition to the proposed changes, dock owners will have the opportunity to purchase a no wake sign for their dock from private vendors. The sign is a reminder of the no wake law within one hundred (100′) feet of docks and includes the Missouri State Water Patrol’s logo, if specifications for the sign are met. A sample of the sign is available on the Water Patrol’s web site as well.

The significant changes to the buoy guidelines are listed below. A completed set of guidelines to be amended is available on the Missouri State Water Patrol’s web site.

  • Applications must be submitted forty-five (45) days prior to the hearing date instead of thirty (30) days.
  • The applicant must submit a plot map which indicates property owners in the area. The plot map may be combined with the traditional diagram that has always been required by applicants.
  • Docks within three hundred (300′) feet of the applicant’s dock must now be indicated on the diagram. The previous requirement was two hundred (200′) feet.
  • Generally speaking, if another dock owner has a valid buoy permit within three hundred (300′) feet of the applicant’s dock, the application will be denied.
  • Beginning April 1st, 2009, permitted buoys must have the permit number displayed with a minimum one (1″) inch block style black numbers located within three (3″) inches of the top of the buoy (visible from the side). The permit number must be maintained in a legible manner.
  • Effective January 1st, 2009, buoy permits previously issued to private non-marina docks will not be transferable upon a change of ownership to the property. New property owners must apply for a new permit under the recommended guidelines.
  • Permitted buoys are required to be placed and maintained from April 1st to October 1st of each year. The original guidelines only required this from May 1st to Labor Day.
  • Permitted buoys may be left in the water year round as long as the buoy is maintained in compliance with the permit.

Source: Missouri Water Patrol
Links:
Missouri Water Patrol with Buoy Application and Guidelines

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