1501:41-2-08 Vessel mooring fees.

The chief may determine the fees to be charged for the use of any structure, facility, or apparatus that is on, over, or adjacent to any lands or waters under the management authority of the division of parks and watercraft, whether constructed and maintained by the state or constructed and maintained by private interests. Fees charged for the mooring of a vessel may be based upon any of the following factors; type of moorage, park, season, location, impact on state property, or level of occupancy.

No person shall place, construct, assemble, or develop any dock, moorage, or other private structure without first complying with the provisions of rule 1501:41-12-12 of the Administrative Code.

(A) As used in this rule:

(1) "Private moorage" means any apparatus designed or utilized for securing vessels that conforms to one of the following descriptions:

(a) A device or structure that is situated, constructed, or anchored to privately owned lands and extends over, on, or into any adjacent waters under the management authority of the division of parks and recreation which is not maintained by the state.

(b) A device or structure that has been fabricated, placed, or erected by a private interest, is not maintained by the state, and is situated, constructed, or anchored to lands or occupying waters under the management authority of the division of parks and recreation.

(2) "Dock" means a floating or rigidly supported, platform-like structure that extends from the shoreline over or into the water, used to secure and provide access to one or more vessels.

(a) "State dock" means a dock constructed and maintained by the division.

(b) "Private dock" means a dock not constructed or maintained by the division.

(3) "Slip" means a section or partitioned portion of a dock consisting of an area sufficient to accommodate a single vessel.

(4) "State tie-up" means a stake or post anchored in an area specifically designated for the moorage of vessels that is provided and maintained by the division as an alternative to a traditional dock.

(5) "Offshore moorage" means a large, typically round or ball-shaped buoy, that is securely anchored and equipped with one or more rings provided for the purpose of tying off an anchor line or cable in order to moor a vessel at a distance from the shore where vessels with a deep draft may be more easily accommodated.

(a) "State offshore moorage" means an offshore moorage placed, anchored, and maintained by the division.

(b) "Private offshore moorage" means an offshore moorage that is not owned or maintained by the division.

(6) "Guest dock" means an area of a state dock, sufficient to accommodate one vessel, that is designated as available for temporary moorage.

(7) "Other private structure" means any dock, building, other contrivance, or similar existing and heretofore approved structure located on, over, or adjacent to specific state park lands or waters determined to be suitable for such use by the chief, that is not used or intended to be used for the securing of vessels. "Other private structure" does not include any building, structure, or facility used or intended to be used as a temporary or permanent dwelling.

(B) Any person who places, utilizes, or maintains a private dock, or private moorage shall first apply for an annual permit on a form prescribed by the chief. The chief may approve or deny any annual use permit and shall determine the annual fee based upon any of the following factors; the location, the park, the number of moorage devices or structures, the total number of vessels to be moored, and the size of the moorage or other structure, provided that the annual fee does not exceed the following rates:

Annual rates for private moorages, private docks, slips, vessels, and other private structures:

Any private moorage situated or anchored to private lands

$110.00 per year for each private dock, slip, or other private moorage accommodating a single vessel; and $90.00 per year for each additional slip or vessel

Any private moorage situated or anchored to state lands

$140.00 per year for each private dock, slip, or other private moorage accommodating a single vessel; and $110.00 per year for each additional slip or vessel

Annual rates for private moorages at Pymatuning state park:

Each private dock other private moorage, accommodating a single vessel

$225.00 per year; and $130.00 per year for each additional slip or vessel

Each private offshore moorage or single vessel

$130.00 per year

(C) At lake Milton state park, the annual fee for any other private structure shall be one dollar per square foot.

(D) Any person who subleases a private dock, slip, or other private mooring at Lake Milton state park or Guilford lake state park shall first apply to the park manager for a permit on a form prescribed by the chief. The fee for a sublease permit shall not exceed two hundred eighty dollars per moorage per year.

(E) A late fee of up to twenty-five dollars shall be charged in addition to the annual moorage fees listed in paragraphs (B), (C), and (D) if such fees are not remitted by the first day of May.

(F) To moor a privately owned vessel at a state dock, state tie-up, or state offshore moorage, an application for an annual permit shall be submitted to the division on a form prescribed by the chief. The chief may determine the permit fee based upon any of the following factors; the location, the park, the season, associated facilities, available amenities, and the size or type of vessel to be moored, provided that the fees shall not exceed the following rates:

Annual rates for state provided moorage:

State dock

$66.00 per linear foot of dock space

State tie-up

$140.00 per vessel

State offshore moorage

$480.00 per moorage

(G) The chief or the chief's authorized agent may issue a permit for the use of a guest dock. The chief may determine the fee for a guest dock permit based upon the time of day, duration of rental period, location, the park, the season, associated facilities, available amenities, and the size or type of vessel to be moored, provided that the fees shall not exceed the following rates:

Guest dock rates:

Single day rate for any period of time between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

$45.00 per vessel

Single night rate for any period of time between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

$50.00 per vessel

Full day rate for a 24 hour period

$90.00 per vessel

(H) The chief or the chief's authorized agent may issue a permit for the use of an available state dock during duck hunting season as prescribed in rule 1501:31-7-06 of the Administrative Code. The fee for a duck hunting season permit shall not exceed sixty-five dollars per vessel for the duration of the duck hunting season.

(I) At Buckeye lake state park, any moorage that is owned or maintained by a political subdivision of the state may be exempt from paying the fees specified in this rule, provided that the moorage is used exclusively for mooring of visitor vessels at no charge for a period not to exceed four hours.

Effective: 11/18/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 03/26/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1546.04
Rule Amplifies: 1546.04, 1546.15
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/77, 5/15/78, 7/1/80, 3/16/81, 5/16/82, 8/2/83, 6/12/86, 3/18/88, 1/28/89, 4/10/90, 2/18/92, 3/1/93, 2/27/94, 3/1/95, 3/1/96, 3/1/97, 3/1/98, 10/1/98, 5/1/00, 7/1/01, 4/11/02, 10/1/03, 4/1/04, 3/1/05, 3/1/06, 11/7/08, 6/11/10, 12/15/14, 3/26/16