Welcome to GetDockPermits.com. Your Marine Construction design and permitting specialist.

Getting ready for Marine construction and need permits? Give us a call before you decide to install your next pier, boat lift, bulkhead, dock, or mooring float.

Marine Design, Construction, Dock Builders, and Bulkhead Permits

We provide services to all 5 boroughs in New York City ( Queens, Brooklyn, Staten island, Bronxy, NYC) and both Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island.   The process of obtaining any necessary permits for bulkheads, mooring floats, and docks is NOT an easy. To help ensure your project gets off the ground, it is very important that you hire someone who has both engineering and tidal wetlands experiences.

Are you Bulkhead and dock designers?

Yes, we are are designers & architects who do all  your engineering needs for your project.


When will you need a permit?

You are required to obtain a dock permit for any type of marine construction.  When you construction or working around the tidal wetlands and its adjacent areas, it is inevitable that you will need to obtain a number of permits and will have to deal with a number of different government agencies. By not obtaining permits for bulkheads or any type of related marine construction, you are risking hefty fines and your property value will surely decrease.

Do you need a permit for Seawall construction or bulkhead replacement?

Building a bulkhead, also known as a seawall, is the most common type of marine construction.  As such, all local and government agencies are very aware of its impact on the local community and mother nature.  Before you start any type of marine constructions or repairs, be sure to obtain a number all the required permits for your project.

What about Dock Repair and construction?

When ever you repair or replace a mooring float you will need to get proper paper work together.  This is something that local municipality likes to keep track of, mainly because they do not want the size of the docks to get out of hand.    For instance, they do not want the float to extend too far into the waterway, blocking vessels from passing by.

Larger government agencies on the other hand are also concerned with environment issues. For instance, they do not want too much “shading,” which would cause marine plant life to stop growing or die in the mooring float area.  From their perspective, they are trying to protect and preserve the ecological cycles.

 What will you need for Pier construction?

This is one of the more complex permits you will need.  Their is a number of factors you will have to take into account before starting this type of project.

You will have to take into account:

  • Adjacent Piers – From our experiences, it is very likely that you’ll be permitted to conduct marine constructions similar to your adjacent properties.
  • Pier History – Assuming your current pier is legal, rebuilding your current pier should not be an issue.
  • Obstruction of view – If you do not currently have a pier, you have to build it in a location where it will not block the view of your neighbors. Most waterfront property owners enjoy looking out into their waterway, any sort of obstruction that blocks their view will most likely not be approved and your neighbors reserve the right to stop the permit process.

What about boat lift installation?

Yes, whenever you install anything into water ways in the State of New York, you require a permit.   Boat lifts are no different and installing them without the proper permits will result in hefty fines and the agencies involved reserves the rights to request any unauthorized boat lifts to be removed at your own costs. Many of our previous clients who did not under go the proper permit process  have been asked to remove it and been issued LARGE fines.

And Marina construction?

Of course. Whenever you build any type of Marina you should expect to encounter a number of issues.  Being that these are typically larger commercial properties, you can expect the requirements to be more complex and lengthy.

What about Marine construction and Long Island bulkhead builder?

You are required to obtain permits for any type of marine construction in any waterways of the State of New York.  Before you hire a bulkhead builder you will need to obtain designs approved by a number of government agencies.   This is a long and tedious process, as a result most dock builders will not even bid on your project until you have the proper paperwork to get started. 

 What if you only want to repair docks or bulkhead repair long island?

Regardless of the type of marine construction you must go though the filing processing.   Any modifications of  bulkhead repair in long Island require the same permits as for new construction. Which is why most of our previous clients will not bother with minor repairs and simply replace the entire seawall.

What do you need to know before hiring a Long Island Dock Builder?

Before hiring a dock builder we recommend you read this page.  We briefly go over the process, but we really have to make a site visit to your property before we can recommend the best builder for your project.

What about the 5 boroughs?

Yes, yes, and yes. We service Long Island and the five boroughs.

When do you need a tidal wetlands expert?

We are tidal wetlands experts and are able to assist regarding the procedures of obtaining the proper type of marine contraction permits under the New York State laws.  Before confirming how you would proceed, it is necessary for us to know where you live, what type of marine structures are currently existing, and a number of different factors.   If you suspect a home or a property you plan on buying has some bulkhead or seawall issues, contact us and we can recommend the best way to go about the building and permit process.

What if you have started construction  or illegally built without the proper paperwork?

Prepare yourself for a number of fines and possibly removing exiting construction. It is possible to get your property with the proper permits, however, we CANNOT guarantee.  For the most part, there is no simple solution in these types of situations.

When should you start the permit process?

As soon as possible. Anything related to marine construction is nothing like getting a pool in your backyard.   Depending on the complexity of the project, you should expect the process to take at least a few weeks to a few months.

If you are in a rush or want to enjoy your new mooring during the summer, given the length of time it takes to obtain the proper paper work and actually build your project, we recommend applying for permits in the winter.   As you can imagine, most property owners start construction in the spring, making it a very busy season for us, the dock builders, and the government agencies that issues the permits.

 Areas we serve

Nassau County NY

Town of Hempstead

  • Baldwin
  • Bellmore
  • Elmont
  • Franklin Square
  • Freeport
  • Freeport Village
  • Garden City
  • Levittown
  • Lynbrook
  • Merrrick
  • New Hyde Park Village
  • Rockville Centre
  • Uniondale
  • Valley Stream
  • East Rockaway
  • Lido Beach
  • Lawrence
  • Woodmere
  • Hewlett
  • Oceanside
  • Island Park
  • Seaford
  • Point Lookout
  • Baldwin Harbor
  • Guy Lemke

City of Glen Cove

  • Glen Cove

City of Long Beach

  • Long Beach

Town of North Hempstead

  • Great Neck Village
  • Great Neck
  • Manhasset
  • New Hyde Park
  • Port Washington
  • Saddle Rock
  • Sands Point

Town of Oyster Bay

  • Bayville
  • Bethpage
  • Hicksville
  • Massapequa Park
  • Plainview-Old Bethpage
  • Syosset
  • Syosset/Woodbury
  • Massapequa

Suffolk County NY

Town of Babylon

  • Amityville
  • Babylon Village
  • Lindenhurst

Town of Huntington

  • East Northport
  • Huntington
  • Huntington Life
  • Northport Village
  • Northport

Town of Brookhaven

  • Bellport
  • Blue Point
  • Brookhaven
  • Mastic, Mastic Beach & Shirley
  • Port Jefferson
  • Patchogue – Medford
  • Stony Brook

Town of East Hampton

  • East Hampton
  • East Hampton
  • Montauk

Town of Islip

  • Bay Port-Blue Point
  • Bay Shore LI
  • East Islip
  • Oakdale
  • Ocean Beach
  • Sayville
  • West Islip

Town of Riverhead

  • Riverhead

Town of Smithtown

  • St. James
  • Smithtown

Town of Southampton

  • East Quogue
  • Hampton Bays
  • Sag Harbor 

Town of Southold

  • Greenport
  • Mattituck
  • Three Village Area


  • Astoria
  • Steinway
  • East Elmhurst
  • Flushing
  • College point
  • Malba
  • Howard Beach
  • Lindenwood
  • Far Rockaway
  • Edgemere
  • Jamaica
  • Somerville
  • Rockaway Park
  • Belle Harbor
  • Jacob Rills Park
  • Fort Tilden
  • Breezy Point
  • Little Neck
  • Bayside
  • Whitestone
  • Beechhurst


  • Greenpoint
  • Williamsburg
  • Navy Yard
  • Dumbo
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Cobbie Hil
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Red Hook
  • Sunset Park
  • Bay Ridge
  • Fort Hamilton
  • Bath Beach
  • Gravesend
  • Sea Gate
  • Coney Island
  • Brighton Beach
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Sheepshead Bay
  • Gerritsen Beach
  • Brooklyn Marine Park
  • Mill Basin
  • Barren Island
  • Mill Basin
  • Bergen Beach
  • Canarsie
  • East New York



Where are we located?

Find Us: 1456 66th Street, Brooklyn NY 11219 | 2 Whaleneck Drive Merrick, NY 11566

Call Us: 917-776-3922