Construction and repair of water dependent facilities is permitted in the Critical Area Buffer. A water dependent facility is a structure whose function depends on being on or near the water. Example: A gazebo does not need to be on or near the water to be used, piers do.
All waterfront properties not in a subdivision with a community pier are allowed to construct a pier, subject to permits from the Department of Planning and Zoning, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Water dependent facilities are permitted under the following restrictions:
New or expanded private piers may accommodate no more than 4 boats.
No structure connected to the shoreline, such as a dock or pier, may extend outward from the mean high tide more than 25% of the distance to the mean high tide on the opposite shore or more than 250 feet which ever is less.
No structure connected to the shoreline is permitted to extend into an existing navigational channel.