Glossary of Terms 
A structure used to protect docks by stopping or slowing waves or wake.

Referring to a deck that extends over the Lake or shoreline and is supported by a seawall or piers.
Commercial dock

Mooring facilities associated with a restaurant, marina, gas dock or similar use intended to produce revenue as a primary or accessory business.
Conveyance deed

The deed a buyer receives from the seller when buying property (i.e., warranty, quit claim, or special warranty deed)
Dead load

The weight of the entire dock structure, including all permanent attachments such as bumpers, dock boxes, winch stands and roof structures.
Dead load freeboard

The distance from the top of the water to the bottom of the dock’s structural frame (a minimum of 7 inches in these regulations).

As used in the Permit Requirement Guidelines, development means any nonproject land use activity that will disturb the land or add to the man-made features at the Lake of the Ozarks and along the shoreline, and has the potential to impact environmental resources.
Head of cove

That portion of any cove, regardless of size, which lies landward of a perpendicular line drawn across the cove, this line being known as the Head of Cove boundary line. The Head of Cove boundary line is located at the point at which the natural stream channel bottom (flooded by the Lake water) is at the 652-foot elevation. If no natural stream channel can be identified, the perpendicular line will be located at the point farthest in to the cove where a 652-foot elevation is found.
Historic property

Any pre-historic or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in, or eligible for inclusion in, the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the Secretary of the Interior. This term includes artifacts, records, and remains that are related to and located within such properties. The term includes properties of traditional religious and cultural importance to an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization and that meet the National Register criteria (36 CFR 800.16(l)(1)).
Horizontal and vertical slope

This refers to the side of an excavated area. From the bottom of the excavation, the side must be sloped at three horizontal feet for each one foot vertical rise.
Lake mile

Mile markers on Lake of the Ozarks as established by the Corps of Engineers, for the main channel and arms of the Lake. Mile marker  0 starts at Bagnell Dam and runs upstream towards Truman Dam.
Live load

Vertical: the weight of people, ice and snow. Horizontal: the force of wind, waves and boat wakes against a dock.

A commercial facility located at the Lake that provides docking, storage, maintenance, and/or other facilities equipped to provide marine repair service, gassing, and supplies. It may also include land-based areas for car parking, boat ramps, and associated facilities and services.
Project lands

All of the property rights acquired for the construction of Bagnell Dam and the Osage Project as licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ameren Missouri owns the majority of the shoreline property around the Lake; however, the extent of this ownership varies. Carefully check ownership records for your property prior to any construction near the Lake.

The horizontal members of the roof structure used to support and attach the roof panels.

Residential dock

Fishing, swimming or boat mooring structure located on the water and accessory to existing residential land development or uses.

Clean limestone or native rock that is eight inches to 12 inches in diameter or larger.

The distance between the side property line extended lakeward, and the closest point to the applicant’s boat dock.
Toe of the bank

The bottom or lowest point of an eroded bank on the shoreline.

The area occupied by the dock (including the area within the slips) walkway, boat lifts, breakwater, and any other structures.
Wave action

The force of a wave against the exposed surfaces of the dock and boats. Expressed in pounds per square foot (psf), it is used to determine the size of the anchoring system.

Areas that are periodically or permanently inundated by surface or ground water and support vegetation adapted for life in saturated soil. These areas are also referred to as swamps, marshes, and bogs.
Wind loads

The force of wind against the exposed surfaces of the dock and boats. Expressed in pounds per square foot (psf), it is used to determine the size of the anchoring system.
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