Shoreline Docks at Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is responsible for the maintenance of 1,325 hectares of parkland, stretching some 56 kilometres along the length of the Niagara River (Canadian side) from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

Due to the increasing number of homes which had been developed adjacent to NPC lands along the Niagara River, a formal dock policy was established by the Commission in 1941 A key condition of this policy stipulates that any and all docks approved by NPC must be designed to be temporary in nature and be removed prior to winter, to prevent possible ice related damage to both the docks and NPC shoreline.

Today, docks are still permitted through an annual Shoreline Dock Licence process. Dock licences are awarded based on the criteria of the Shoreline Dock Terms and Conditions guidelines.

Please review the following documents and forms in order to request a new dock or renew an existing dock:

Shoreline Dock Fee Schedule

Please note that these are fees for 2020 and that fees are subject to applicable taxes and an annual increase determined by the NPC, in its sole discretion.

Item Fees
Shoreline Dock Licence Fee $226.81
Stairs Fee $113.40
First time Shoreline Dock Administrative Setup Fee $226.81
Additional Boats (per boat) $113.40
Commercial or Municipal Shoreline Docks As determined by Commission

Shoreline Dock Restricted Areas


  1. North of Smuggler’s Cove Boat Club | Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
  2. McFarland Park Area | Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
  3. Brown’s Point Area | Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
  4. Deep Hollow Area and south | Area of Natural and Scientific Interest

City of Niagara Falls

  1. Between Village of Queenston and North Service Road 30 | Dangerous Waters

Town of Fort Erie

  1. Within 400 metres (1300 ft.) of the Niagara Parks Marina | Marina Area
  2. Between Phipps Street and Lewis Street | Parkland
  3. From a point 300 metres south of Wintemute Street to the south-westerly jurisdiction (between house number 520 Lakeshore Road) | Bird Sanctuary and Parkland
  • New Dock Request

  • To request a new shoreline dock, please fill out the following form. You will be contacted by a Niagara Parks staff member upon review of your completed application form.

  • Please note that the following will be required prior to final approval:
    · Stamped professional engineer drawings and specifications for dock and stairs, if applicable
    · A certificate of insurance evidencing the required coverage and naming "The Niagara Parks Commission" as additional insured.
    · One-time administrative/processing fee in the amount of $226.81

  • Drop files here or
  • Dock Licence Renewal

  • To renew shoreline dock licence, please fill out the following form. A separate boat information form is also required, which can be completed and attached to the request form below.

  • Please upload a certificate of insurance. A completed boat information form is also required for all docks.

  • Drop files here or