I keep hearing the term “riparian rights.” What does this mean?

Riparian rights refer to a homeowner’s right to build a structure from their property¬†(usually a dock) into the water. However, just as on land, you must get the proper permits and comply with applicable laws in order to build. This means that not all properties with Riparian Rights will actually be able to get a permit for a dock. Other factors to consider include the setback from the property line extensions, the location of neighboring docks, and the location of the channel in the waterway. When looking at a property where the buyer would like to construct a pier, I evaluate all these items and then set up a meeting with the home buyer and the County Permit Office to confirm what we believe to be accurate.

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