City of South Pasadena, FL
Pinellas County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of South Pasadena 3-10-1998 by Ord. No. 98-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Land development regulations — See Ch. 130.
Watercraft and waterways — See Ch. 193.

§ 86-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
That portion of a dock that consists of decking installed parallel to the water and intended to support the weight of a person walking or sitting.
[Added 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01]
Any structure, including a pier, wharf, loading platform, accessory structure or boat lift, which is constructed on piling over open water or which is supported by floatation on the waters of South Pasadena.
[Amended 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01]
Any dock which will be used by an individual owner, family and friends of the owner on property which is developed as single-family residential property. This definition does not include any dock which is owned in common or used by the residents of a condominium, apartment complex or mobile home park.
Includes dolphin, batter, sister or mooring piles which are placed to provide anchorage, mooring, structural support or space for a boat or ship.
All waters of Boca Ciega Bay lying within the legal boundaries of South Pasadena.

§ 86-2 Docks not requiring a special exception use permit.

[Amended 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01]
Docks not requiring a special exception use permit.
Any private dock that meets the applicable criteria set forth in § 86-6 without the need for a variance.

§ 86-3 Tie poles not requiring a special exception use permit.

[Amended 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01]
Tie poles not requiring a special exception use permit:
Tie pole(s) proposed at a commercial dock or slip that will not increase the number of permanent mooring spaces above the number approved at the time the dock was constructed. For commercial docks where no record exists as to the number of approved slips, the number shall be presumed to be the number of slips existing as of January 1, 2006. In addition, the tie pole(s) must meet the applicable criteria set forth in § 86-6 without the need for a variance.
Tie pole(s) proposed at a private dock that do not result in the creation of more than two mooring spaces and meet the applicable criteria set forth in § 86-6 without the need for a variance.

§ 86-4 Building permits required.

A City-issued building permit is required for the installation of any dock or tie pole within the waters of South Pasadena. A special exception use permit issued by the City Commission is a prerequisite to applying for a building permit, except in cases of exact replacement or for projects which meet one of the exceptions set forth in § 86-2 or 86-3 of this chapter. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to undertake or allow a third person to undertake on their behalf construction of a dock or installation of a tie pole without a City permit. Violations shall be subject to the general penalty set forth in § 1-16 of this Code.

§ 86-5 Building permit applications; information required.

Each applicant shall file an application for a building permit which includes the following information:
A completed application form as supplied by the Department of Community Improvement.
A statement describing the existing upland use, the current zoning category and the future land use designation of the property.
Evidence of title to the adjacent uplands. An affidavit attesting to the fact that the applicant owns the bottom lands on which the construction is proposed or has the right to construct a dock upon the bottom lands.
The width of the water body at the proposed project location.
Permit sketches clearly depicting the proposed project, including:
Property address of adjacent uplands.
North arrow.
Scale (not less than one inch equals 10 feet).
Location of all existing structures (docks and tie poles) located in or floating over aquatic lands and exact square footage of said structures.
Water depths at low tide taken at the seawall and every 20 feet, including the proposed end of the dock.
Linear footage of riparian shoreline.
Location of any mangroves on the upland property or submerged lands.
Location of any sea grasses under the area proposed for the dock or boat lifts.
All applications other than those for private docks and tie poles at existing docks shall include plans signed and sealed by a professional engineer.

§ 86-6 Location and size criteria.

[Amended 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01]
All docks (private and commercial) and all tie poles shall comply with the following criteria:
Not project into the navigable portion of a waterway more than 25%.
Not extend waterward of the seawall or mean high tide water line a distance greater than 300 feet.
Not be located closer than 150 feet from the center line of the Intracostal Waterway.
Not impede the rights of other waterfront property owners to install docks in accordance with this chapter.
Not include any covered boat slip or covered boat lift.
Commercial docks shall be limited in width to a maximum of 75% of the width of the property at the waterfront, and the length from the seawall or mean high-water line shall not exceed 75% of the width of the property. Tie pole(s) associated with commercial docks shall also be located within these parameters.
Private docks shall not exceed 50 feet in length. The deck area of private docks shall not exceed 500 square feet. Private docks, including all components of any boat lift, shall be located within the middle 1/3 of the applicant’s property measured at the seawall. Tie poles at private docks shall be located no more than 50 feet waterward from the seawall or mean high-water line. Said tie poles shall not be required to be located within the middle 1/3 of the applicant’s property. Tie poles shall not be closer than four feet from the extension of the sidelines of the upland property. Private docks shall not provide permanent mooring for more than two vessels over 10 feet in length.

§ 86-7 Minimum construction specifications.

The following minimum construction specifications shall be required for all dock construction:
All pilings shall be either precast IV concrete, as specified by the Florida Department of Transportation, Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 3,500 pounds per square inch or better in 28 days, or southern pine piles conforming in physical quality to the American Society for Testing and Materials Specifications D 25-55, which have been treated in conformance with American Wood Preservers Association Standard C-3 with chromated copper arsenate (CCA type A, B or C) in accordance with American Wood Preservers Association P-5, and which have a minimum butt size of a nine-inch diameter and tip sizes of no less than a six-inch diameter. When southern pine piles are used, testing may be required to show a minimum retention and distribution of solid preservative of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot within 1.5 inches of the surface and 1.5 pounds per cubic foot in the zone from 1.5 to 2 inches from the surface.
All other timber shall be pressure-treated.
Concrete pilings shall be at least eight inches square in cross section and shall contain a minimum of five steel rods, each a minimum of five-eighths-inch diameter. All rods shall be completely coated in epoxy and tied or welded in the form of a three- to four-inch square cage and be covered by a minimum of two inches of concrete.
All piling shall be installed at least six feet into the submerged bottom. If impenetrable material is encountered, work shall cease, the Building Official shall be notified and sealed plans showing an acceptable alternate installation shall be required.
All metal fastenings shall be hot-dip galvanized or better.
Spacing of pile bents shall not exceed 12 feet on-center. For timber-decked dock construction, the second bent shall not exceed 14 feet in front of the beginning of the dock. The first bent of piling shall be located no further than 2 feet from the mean high water or the seawall. Outside stringer systems shall be doubled two-inch by eight-inch pressure-treated timber or greater. Five-eighths-inch-diameter galvanized bolts or greater are to be used for attachment of stringers to piling. Intermediate stringers shall be single two-inch by eight-inch or greater, with a maximum three feet zero inches on-center spacing. Decking shall be two-inch by six-inch, or greater, pressure-treated lumber. All pile bents shall have pile caps, two inches by eight inches, bearing stringers to support deck joists on the main dock and only on docks with wood pilings. All intersections (stringers) shall be bolted.
All floating docks must have a minimum of 20 pounds per square foot flotation.
The intersection of the main dock and finger piers will be constructed by the installation of a pile under the finger pier at the intersection, or by an approved bolted connection; in no case will nailed connections be used.
If, due to space restrictions, double stringers must abut the seawall, pile caps are to be doubled two inches by eight inches and bolted at each pile.
Wave break devices, when necessary, shall be designed to allow for maximum water circulation and shall be built in such a manner as to be part of the dock structure or tie poles.
Docks shall be constructed to allow for maximum light penetration. Special restrictions may be applied where natural resources are present on a case-by-case basis.
Where appropriate, structures shall provide for passage of pedestrian traffic by elevation or design so as not to obstruct normal pedestrian traffic on lands along the shoreline. The dock or pier shall be constructed in a manner that would minimize harm to natural resources.
Walkways to dockhead intersections not supported directly by piles under the connection must be diagonally bolted through the intersecting stringers (minimum triple two-inch by eight-inch dock head stringers) or the use of a two-inch by four-inch by one-forth-inch galvanized angle bracket or larger must be utilized.
Catwalks supported by a single pile at each bent and cantilevered structures shall be no wider than 30 inches.
No buildings shall be permitted to be constructed over the waters of the city.