As per the ordinance definition, a boat dock “includes a wharf, pier, float, floating dock, island, boat dock, boat slip, boat lift, stationary platform, or other similar structure”.  

City Ordinance 20140626-113 requires you to provide proper addressing of your boat dock. This is a mandatory measure put forth by the City of Austin.  

To properly address your boat dock, your address should be located on the front of your boat dock. The signage must include the street address of the primary property associated with the dock and shall be displayed 4-6 feet above normal pool elevation on the lakeward side of the dock facing centerline of the lake or slough on which it is located. The letters and numbers must be at a minimum of two inches in height and must contrast with the background they are placed on (the preferred lettering is reflective but this is left at the owner’s discretion). The tag must be constructed with materials that resist water damage and deterioration by ultraviolet light. 

How to address your boat dock

There are three options to register your boat dock: by mail, in person, and online. The steps are as follows: 

 

1. Complete the registration form found on www.austintexas.gov/boatdocks

2. Attach current photos for proof of addressing.  

3. Submit the registration form and photos:  

• Mail: Via USPS Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested to City of Austin-Austin Code Department, Attn: Licensing and Registration, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767. 

• Walk-in: The registration form may be submitted in person at Austin Code Department, 5202 E Ben White Blvd, Suite 550, Austin, TX 78741. This is not a mailing address. Registrations mailed to this address will be returned.  

• Online: The form and photos may be emailed to ACDLicensing@austintexas.gov.  

 

After the Austin Code Department has received your registration form with current photos, the Austin Code Department Intake Office will process your application. Once received, you will be sent a confirmation notice. To get in touch with the Intake Office, please call 512-974- 9144. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm. If you do not receive anything from the Austin Code Department regarding your boat dock registration after one week, please reach out through email at ACDLicensing@austintexas.gov. If your submitted registration form is somehow incomplete or invalid, the Austin Code Department will reach out to you.  

There is currently no fee to register your boat dock. A Cost Analysis Study is currently being conducted. Once this report is completed, a boat dock registration fee could be implemented beginning October 1, 2019. 

Yes, you will need to renew your boat dock registration. Residential properties need to renew every 5 years (fee required). Commercial properties are required to renew every 2 years (fee required).  

For those who may have more than one boat dock structure (for definitions of boat docks see question #1) located at the same address, you will only need to address one of the structures. At your discretion, address your most prominent boat dock. For all other questions, please email ACDLicensing@austintexas.gov.