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I got this from the Columbus parks property manager. It's too long to put in one message so I'll break it up.

Summary: NO!

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919.09 Destruction and alteration of property
No person, without privilege to do so, shall recklessly do any of the following in any park:
(A) Cause or attempt to cause physical harm to any park facilities, structures, vegetation, trees, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical features or archeological features.
(B) Construct, create or attempt to create or erect any structures, trails, paths, roads, ball fields, or landscape features.
(C) Cut, mow, trim, gather, collect or take possession of any vegetation, flowers, trees or parts thereof.
(D) Alter or rearrange any natural habitat or terrain.
(E) No person shall purposely cause the removal or replacement of any shorebound or waterway habitats.
(F) No person shall enhance or create any waterway habitat without written permission from the director.
(G) No person shall plant or cultivate any seed or vegetation in any area administered by the department without a permit issued by the director. (Ord. 1648-91.)
919.16 Littering, importing of rubbish and trash prohibited and pet owner(s) responsibility.
(A) No person shall leave, place or dispose of in any manner leaves, grass clippings, garbage, peelings of vegetables or fruit, waste, refuse, rubbish, ashes, can(s), bottle(s), wire, paper carton(s), box(es), motor vehicle or bicycle or wagon parts, furniture, glass, oil, sewage, anything of an unsightly or unsanitary nature under or upon the parks except in a receptacle designated for that purpose.
(B) No person shall import into any area administered by the department from another place any substance described in subsection (A) of this section.
(C) No pet owner shall fail to clean up after their pets by collecting and removing feces from park or reservoir property. Pets shall include dogs, cats, or other animals whose owners knowingly bring them into park or reservoir property.
(D) No person, without written permission from the Director, shall ride or bring into the parks, any horse or other riding animal except in designated equestrian areas and on designated equestrian trails.
(E) Section 919.16(C) does not apply to the owner of or person in charge of an animal where that animal is assisting a blind or handicapped person and defecates on property, and such person either is unaware of that fact or is unable to comply with Section 919.16(C). Section 919.16(C) does not apply to law enforcement personnel in charge of an animal which is assisting such personnel in the performance of official duties. (Ord. 1648-91; Ord. 738-97 § 1 (part).)
 

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919.23 Traffic.
(A) No person, except in an emergency, shall repair a vehicle in any park.
(B) No person shall wash, wax, polish or otherwise clean any vehicle, in any park, except in areas designated for such purposes.
(C) No person shall operate or park a vehicle on the grass except in designated areas.
(D) No person shall operate any vehicle with a gross weight greater than eight thousand (8,000) pounds in any park without the permission of the director.
(E) No person shall operate any motorized vehicle, unless authorized, upon or over any area administered by the department except in those areas so designated.
(F) No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon the roadways within any park in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.
(G) No person shall operate any vehicle upon the frozen surface of any waterway. (Ord. 1648-91.)
(H) No person shall operate any vehicle in any park other than on a designated roadway, and shall not operate any vehicles in parks where vehicle access was not designated.

919.26 Management areas
The Director may establish within a park preserves or management areas with individual administrative rules to protect and manage such areas. (Ord. 1648-91.)
919.26-01 Wetlands.
(A) As used in this section:
“Wetland” means those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, fens, bogs, vernal pools and similar areas.”
“Wetland Buffer” means the land adjacent to a wetland that reduces the adverse effects of the human activities on the wetland by protecting water quality, protecting and providing wildlife habitat, reducing direct human disturbance, and maintaining biologic and aesthetic diversity
(B) Areas with wetland characteristics will be investigated by the Department’s Natural Resources Manager or trained staff qualified in natural resources and wetland science. If an area is determined by the Director to be a wetland, all efforts will be made to protect and restore the wetlands and that area shall be subject to administrative rules regarding wetlands.
(C) Wetlands and wetland buffer areas are to remain protected and undisturbed. Converted or impacted wetlands on City parkland shall be restored by the contiguous property owner if they caused the impact to the Wetland; otherwise it shall be restored by the City; or the parkland shall be allowed to revert into a natural wetland condition.
(D) If City property is determined to be a wetland, no dock, stake and/or path shall remain or be permitted within or on that property. Contiguous property owners with a current dock or stake located in the property that has been determined to be a wetland will be required to remove or relocate their dock or stake from City property. New applicants shall may be required to relocate a pre-existing dock if the area has been determined to be a wetland. This does not apply to the permanent docks that were approved by Columbus City Council Ordinance Number 1615-91 passed on July 22, 1991 that have maintained a dock/stake permit as required by Section 6 of said Ordinance.
(E) On City property, Wetland buffers will be maintained at a minimum of 50 feet out from the perimeter of the wetland.
919.26-02 Sensitive Shoreline Habitat
(A) As used in this section:
"Sensitive Shoreline Habitat" means any area within City of Columbus parkland and immediately adjacent to a waterway, as defined in 919.01(G), in which plant or animal life or their habitats are either rare or especially valuable or any area that is determined by the Director to be particularly fragile or vulnerable to human impact. These areas must meet one of the following criteria:

(1) Habitats containing or supporting “rare and endangered” species as defined by Ohio Department of Natural Resources
(2) Areas containing moderate to highly erodable soils as defined by the Soil and Water Conservation Service
(3) All perennial and intermittent streams and their tributaries
(4) Wetlands, mudflats, and marshes
(5) Significant woodlots of predominantly native species
(6) Areas containing breeding or nesting sites and areas used for migratory and resident water-associated birds for resting areas and feeding
(7) Areas used for scientific study and research concerning flora and fauna
(8) Cliffs and/or areas with a slope greater than 15%

(B) Sensitive Shoreline habitats are established when a determination is made by the Director that a sensitive shoreline area exists within parkland that is in need of protection to maintain its natural character. Upon the determination of a Sensitive Shoreline Habitat, all contiguous property owners shall be notified of such determination.

(C) An area designated as a Sensitive Shoreline Habitat will be subject to administrative rules and, if along a City reservoir, contiguous property owners will no longer be allowed to maintain a private dock or stake on that area of City property.
 

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919.27 Nature preserves.
(A) As used in this section:
"Natural Area" means an area of land or water which either retains to some degree or has re-established its natural character, although it need not be completely undisturbed, or has unusual flora, fauna, geological, archeological, scenic, or similar features of scientific or educational interest.
“Natural Community” means a recurrent group of native plants and animals that share particular environmental requirements, which naturally occur together and which are recognized as such a community by the ODNR Natural Areas and Preserves Division.

"Nature preserve" means a natural area or natural community within any City of Columbus parkland which the City has formally designated and protected under the process outlined in this section due to the importance to wildlife, flora, fauna, geologic or other special interest, is managed for the preservation of those aspects and to provide special opportunities for study or research.
(B) The following natural areas have been designated as nature preserves:
(1) Hoover Nature Preserve comprising all City parkland and waterways north and west of the Sunbury Road Bridge over Hoover Reservoir.
(2) Griggs Nature Preserve comprising all City parkland and waterways north of and including Ottawa Island and Hayden Falls Park
(3) O’Shaughnessy Nature Preserve comprising all City parkland and waterways north of Harriet Road and west of Dublin Road
(4) Woodward Park Nature Preserve comprising all City parkland and waterways east of Interstate 71, north of Fahlander Drive North, south of Vinewood Drive and west of Boxwood Drive following the bike path south to west of the Picnic Pavillion and west of the tennis courts
(C) A nature preserve is established when the following occurs:
(1) A determination is made by the Director that a natural area exists within parkland that is in need of protection to maintain its natural character; and
(2) The proposed nature preserve is submitted to the Recreation and Parks Commission for approval with supporting documentation describing the boundaries of the preserve and the particular qualities of the natural area that necessitate the establishment of a nature preserve; and
(3) The proposed nature preserve is submitted for City Council approval in the form of an ordinance authorizing its establishment.

(D) Restrictions governing the use of nature preserves:
(1) No motorized or non-motorized vehicles are permitted in the Nature Preserve portion of a park including, but not limited to snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds except on roads. Bicycles are permitted on designated bike-paths. Handicapped accessible equipment is permitted on improved trails.
(2) No person, other than park personnel engaged in official duties, may feed any wild animal found within the confines of the Nature Preserves.
(3) No person shall harass any of the animal life or their homes including, but not limited to bird nesting boxes.
(4) No person shall bring into the Nature Preserves any pets, with the exception of domestic dogs or cats, which are permitted only in the picnic areas, parking areas, roadways and designated trails and must be controlled at all times on a leash not more than six feet long. This does not exclude the use of canine aids.
(5) No person except law enforcement personnel shall ride or bring into the Nature Preserves any horse or other riding animal.
(6) No person shall release any wild or domestic animal or plant, or culture any seed or vegetation of any type in the Nature Preserves without the written permission of the Natural Resources Manager.
(7) No person shall collect, remove or otherwise disturb ice, soil, sand, gravel, rocks, fossils, mineral, plants, plant materials, animals or any other natural substance from the Nature Preserves. Collecting materials for research purposes may be permitted upon approval by the Natural Resources Manager. This shall not restrict a licensed fisherman who is fishing legally from removing fish caught by that fisherman.
(8) Land Stewardship Agreements may be permitted within the Nature Preserves but the Agreement shall require that the land will be left entirely native and natural with the exception of a natural, approved path leading to a permitted dock or stake or mooring.
(9) The five (5) foot-wide path to allow access to the private dock or stake (as described in Columbus City Code 921.01-8(N)) may be mown, but must be maintained in a natural condition and may not include cement, mortar, bricks or boardwalks or stairs. The Director must approve the location of this path. The path must follow the most direct line to the shoreline that affects the least amount of vegetation or natural features of the Nature Preserve. Permission to cut trees or alter the landscape to create a path will not be granted.
(10) All persons must remain on the official, designated or improved trails or boardwalks while visiting a Nature Preserve, unless they are involved in a City of Columbus sponsored program involving off trail activity or in accordance with a special or general permit issued by the Director.
 

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921.01 Definitions
As used in this chapter:
(1) “Abandoned” means any personal property, including a dock or other encroachment, that has remained on or attached to City property or in a waterway owned or controlled by the City for at least 48 hours that does not have a valid dock permit or other written permission from the City regardless of whether it is being actively used by a contiguous property owner.
(2) “Canoe” means a narrow vessel of shallow draft pointed at both ends and propelled by human muscular effort and includes kayaks.
(3) “City-controlled” includes all City-owned land, including but not limited to leases, easements and other legal agreements and all waters within the territorial limits of the City of Columbus or bounded by City-owned lands.
(4) “Coast Guard approved,” means bearing an approval number assigned by the United States Coast Guard.
(5) “Contiguous property” shall mean lands owned by persons upstream from the dams which have a common boundary line with reservoir lands but not including abutting property separated from the reservoir by a right-of-way dedicated for public use.
(6) “Developed parkland” means City parkland that has the addition of structural improvements and/or non-structural improvements such as public trails or mowed areas for use by the public. Permitted private docks are excluded from this definition.
(7) “Director, auditor, treasurer” shall mean the duly appointed officers of the city acting in their official capacity or through their deputies or employees legally authorized to act in their stead Director of Recreation and Parks or his or her duly authorized designee.
(8) “Diver’s flag” means a red flag not less than one (1) foot square having a diagonal white stripe extending from the masthead to the opposite lower corner that when displayed indicates that divers are in the water.
(9) “Dock” means a structure or platform designed to provide access to or an area to secure watercraft. Boat docking facility means any facility supporting watercraft and designated by the director of recreation and parks, which excludes private permitted dock structures.
(10) “Idle speed” means the slowest possible speed needed to maintain steerage or maneuverability.
(11) “Immediate family” mean those family members residing within the same household.
(12) “Income taxpayer” means a taxpayer of the Columbus City Income Tax for the year preceding the issuance of any license, slip rental permit or private dock lease.
(13) “Inflatable watercraft” means any vessel constructed of rubber, canvas, or other material that is designed to be inflated with any gaseous substance, constructed with two (2) or more air cells, and operated as a vessel. Inflatable watercraft propelled by a motor shall be classified as powercraft and shall be registered by length. Inflatable watercraft propelled by a sail shall be classified as a sailboat and shall be registered by length. Excludes any contrivances that do not bear a Hull Identification Number (HIN) recognized by the United States Coast Guard.
(14) “In operation” in reference to a vessel means that the vessel is being navigated or otherwise used on the waterways of this City.
(15) “Law enforcement vessel” means any vessel used in law enforcement and under the command of a law enforcement officer.
(16) “Muffler” means an acoustical suppression device or system that is designed and installed to abate the sound of exhaust gases emitted from an internal combustion engine and that prevents excessive or unusual noise.
(17) “Navigable waters,” means waters which come under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army of the United States and any waterways within or adjacent to this state, except inland lakes having neither a navigable inlet nor outlet.
(18) “No wake” has the same meaning as “idle speed.”
(19) “Operator” includes any person, who navigates or has under his control a vessel, or vessel and detachable motor, on waterways of this City.
(20) “Ordinary high water mark” means the line on the shore established by the fluctuations of water and indicated by physical characteristics such as clear, natural line impressed on the bank, shelving, changes in the soil, destruction of terrestrial vegetation, the presence of litter and debris, or other appropriate means that consider the characteristics of the surrounding areas.
(21) “Owner” includes any person who claims lawful possession of a vessel by virtue of legal title or equitable interest therein that entitled the person to that possession.
(22) “Pedal boat,” means any watercraft designed to be propelled by pedals only through human muscular effort.
(23) “Permanent structure” means any structure that uses concrete and/or is not easily removable by the use of common hand tools.
(24) “Person” includes any legal entity defined as a person in Section 1.59 of the Revised Code and any body politic, except the United States and this state, and includes any agent, trustee executor, receiver, assignee, or other representative thereof.
(25) Personal watercraft” means a vessel, less than sixteen (16) feet in length, that is propelled by machinery and designed to be operated by an individual sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel rather than by an individual sitting or standing inside the vessel.
(26) “Powercraft” means any vessel propelled by machinery, fuel, rockets, or similar device.
(27) “Reservoirs” shall mean the O’Shaughnessy, Griggs and Hoover water supply storage reservoirs and any other municipal water supply storage reservoirs, and all adjacent City lands, unless specifically designated otherwise, from the dams upstream to the further most upstream extent of City-owned shores of the streams feeding into the reservoirs.
(28) “Resident” shall mean a bona fide resident or registered voter of the City.
(29) “Rowboat” means any vessel designed to be rowed and that is propelled by human muscular effort by oars or paddles and upon which no mechanical propulsion device, electric motor, internal combustion engine, or sail has been affixed, or is used for the operation of such vessel.
 

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(30) “Sailboat” means any vessel, equipped with mast and sails, dependent upon the wind to propel it in the normal course of operation.
(a) Any sailboat equipped with an inboard engine is deemed a powercraft with auxiliary sail.
(b) Any sailboat equipped with detachable motor is deemed a sailboat with auxiliary power.
(c) Any sailboat being propelled by mechanical power, whether under sail or not, is deemed a powercraft and subject to all laws and rules governing powercraft operation.
(31) “Sewage” means human body wastes and the wastes from toilets and other receptacles intended to receive or retain body waste.
(32) "Sensitive Shoreline Habitat" means any area within City of Columbus parkland and immediately adjacent to a waterway of the City, as defined in 919.01(G), in which plant or animal life or their habitats are either rare or especially valuable or any area that is determined by the Director to be particularly fragile or vulnerable to human impact. These areas must meet one of the following criteria:
(A) Habitats containing or supporting “rare and endangered” species as defined by Ohio Department of Natural Resources
(B) Areas containing moderate to highly erodable soils as defined by the Soil and Water Conservation Service
(C) All perennial and intermittent streams and their tributaries
(D) Wetlands, mudflats, and marshes
(E) Significant woodlots of predominantly native species
(F) Areas containing breeding or nesting sites and areas used for migratory and resident water-associated birds for resting areas and feeding
(G) Areas used for scientific study and research concerning fish and wildlife
(H) Cliffs and/or areas with a slope greater than 15%
(33) South Side Scioto River Park” means the area bounded downstream by the spillway at Greenlawn Avenue and upstream a distance of one and one-quarter (1-1/4) statute miles.
(34) “Type one personal flotation device” means a device which is designed to turn an unconscious person floating in water from a face downward position to a vertical or slightly face upward position, and that has at least nine (9) kilograms, approximately twenty (20) pounds, of buoyancy.
(35) “Type two personal flotation device” means a device which is designed to turn an unconscious person in the water from a face downward position to a vertical or slightly face upward position and that has at least seven (7) kilograms, approximately fifteen and four-tenths (15.4) pounds, of buoyancy.
(36) “Type three personal flotation device” means a device which is designed to keep a conscious person in a vertical or slightly face upward position and that has at least seven (7) kilograms, approximately fifteen and four-tenths (15.4) pounds of buoyancy.
(37) “Type four personal flotation device,” means a device that has at least seven and five-tenths (7.5) kilograms, approximately sixteen and five-tenths (16.5) pounds, of buoyancy, and designed to be thrown to a person in the water and not worn.
(38) “Type five personal flotation device” means a device that, unlike other personal flotation devices, has limitations on its approval by the United States Coast Guard, including without limitation, all of the following:
(a) The approval label on the type five personal flotation device indicates that the device is approved for the activity in which the vessel is being used or as a substitute for a personal flotation device of the type required on the vessel in use;
(b) The personal flotation device is used in accordance with any requirements on the approval label;
(c) The personal flotation device is used in accordance with the requirements in its owner’s manual if the approval label refers to such a manual.
(39) “Undeveloped parkland” means any parkland that is generally in a natural condition and has not been improved by the City with structures or maintained for recreational use by the general public.
 

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(40) “Vessel” includes every description of watercraft, including non-displacement craft and seaplanes, designed to be used as a means of transportation on water. Excludes any contrivances that do not bear a Hull Identification Number (HIN) recognized by the United States Coast Guard.
(41) “Visible” means visible on a dark night with clear atmosphere.
(42) “Watercraft” means any of the following when used or capable of being used for transportation on the water:
(a) A vessel operated by machinery either permanently or temporarily affixed;
(b) A sailboat other than a sailboard; Board type sailboats without rigidly affixed masts; commonly referred to as “sailboards” are not watercraft; excludes any contrivances that do not bear a Hull Identification Number (HIN) recognized by the United States Coast Guard.
(c) An inflatable, manually propelled boat that is required by federal law to have a hull identification number meeting the requirement of the United States Coast Guard;
(d) A canoe or rowboat.
“Watercraft” does not include ferries as referred to in Chapter 4583 of the Revised Code.
“Watercraft” excludes any contrivances that do not bear a Hull Identification Number (HIN) recognized by the United States Coast Guard.
Watercraft subject to Section 1547.54 of the Revised Code shall be divided into five (5) classes as follows:
Class A: Less than sixteen (16) feet in length;
Class 1: At least sixteen (16) feet but less than twenty-six (26) feet in length;
Class 2: At least twenty-six (26) feet but less than forty (40) feet in length;
Class 3: At least forty (40) feet but not more than sixty-five (65) feet in length.
Class 4: At least sixty-five (65) feet in length.
(43) “Watercraft dealer” means any person who is regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling, displaying, offering for sale, or dealing in vessels at an established place of business. “Watercraft dealer” does not include a person who is a marine salvage dealer or any other person who dismantles, salvages, or rebuilds vessels using used parts.
(44) “Waterways of the City” shall mean all city-administered water including, but not limited to reservoirs, reservoir lands, rivers, lakes, creeks, streams, ponds and water-filled quarries. Unless otherwise provided, this chapter applies to all vessels operating on waterways of this City.
(45) “Wetland” means those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marches, fens, bogs, vernal pools and similar areas.”
(46) “Wetland Buffer” means the land adjacent to a wetland that reduces the adverse effects of the human activities on the wetland by protecting water quality, protecting and providing wildlife habitat, reducing direct human disturbance, and maintaining biologic and aesthetic diversity. On City property, Wetland buffers will be maintained at a minimum of 50 feet out from the perimeter of the wetland.
(47) “Structure” means a combination of materials, other than a building, to form a construction that is safe and stable including, but not limited to, docks, stadium, gospel or circus tent, reviewing stand, platforms, staging, observation tower, shed, coal bin, or fence in excess of six (6) feet in height. The term “structure” shall be construed as if followed by the words “or parts thereof.”
 

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(48) “Building” means any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls, or any series of structures separated only by “fire separations” but contained under a common roof or within common walls, and requiring a building permit in accordance with Title 41 of the Building Code that is used for shelter, occupancy, enclosure, or support of persons, animals, or property.

(49) “Encroachment” means any building, structure, or personal property placed on, or attached to, City owned or controlled property without prior written permission from the City.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed in contravention of any valid federal act or regulations, but is in addition to such act or regulation where not inconsistent.
 

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921.01-8 Permitting of private docks, stakes and moorings.
(A) Permitting for a private boat dock, boat stake or mooring shall be issued on a permit prepared for that purpose and on file in the office of the director of recreation and parks. The permit shall not be transferred, assigned, loaned or subleased;
(1) As used in this section, private docks refer to, and shall include, docks, platforms or any other such structure which have been privately constructed and maintained by the applicant and which extend over or on the waterways of the City and shall include all such facilities whether extending from private lands, or lands controlled by the City.
(2) Each contiguous property owner, applicant, may be issued not more than one (1) permit per legal address which shall include one (1) vessel. Additional vessels registered to the same property owner may be considered and the recreation and parks commission establish such fees. The department shall determine the placement of such dock, stake or mooring and reserves the right of denial to any applicant wherein such conditions as natural or navigational hazards/barriers exist or there is a determination made that the issuance of such permit shall negatively impact upon a sensitive shoreline habitat.
(B) The applicant shall agree to abide by all the laws, rules and regulations relative to the applicant’s and/or the applicant’s family’s conduct, his/her or their use and operation of any vessel, use of all waterways of the City, adjacent lands, boat docks, boat stakes and moorings. Furthermore, the applicant shall agree to assume the defense of and to indemnify and save harmless the City from any and all claims, suits, loss or damage or injury to person(s) or property of any kind or nature whatsoever arising in the use or operation of any vessel, boat dock or boat stake.
(C) The recreation and parks commission shall establish rental fees and late charges for private docks, stakes and moorings. All dock, stake and mooring permits must be renewed between the dates of January 1 and March 15 of each year. All dock, stake and mooring permits provided for in this section shall begin April 1 and expire on November 30 of the calendar year;
(1) If the waterways of the City have reached the maximum safe boating carrying capacity a grace period may be given until May 1, of that year which shall include a late fee. After May 1, the Director may permit the first eligible applicant, whose name appears on the official waterways waiting list, an opportunity to apply for dock, stake or mooring privileges;
(2) If the waterways of the City have not reached the maximum safe boating carrying capacity by the recreation and parks commission, a late fee schedule shall apply.
(D) Any violation of the terms or conditions of any license, or rental permits shall be reported by a city official to the Director of recreation and parks and may result in the temporary or permanent suspension or cancellation of such license, or rental permit by the director of recreation and parks.
(E) Any permit granted to individuals hereunder shall be for the sole benefit of the permittee and the permittee’s immediate family, residing in the same household. A permit will only be issued for private docks, stakes and moorings to the person or persons whose name appears on the property deed of a contiguous private residence. If the contiguous private property is transferred to a new owner, the new owner will be considered a new applicant and must submit a new application for a permit for a private boat dock, stake or mooring which must meet all current City Code rules and regulations. An applicant for a private dock, stake or mooring permit must prove ownership of a vessel by presenting the current state of Ohio registration certificate or copy thereof for the vessel(s) to be moored in the dock, stake or mooring before the permit will be issued. No vessel(s) other than those designated on the permit shall be tied to the designated dock, stake or mooring.
(1) The Director may issue a special permit to any private dock, stake or mooring applicant not owning a vessel.
(2) The Director may approve temporary docking privileges for contiguous private permit holders, not to exceed thirty (30) days in a boating season.
(3) The Director may consider applicants using leased vessels for docks, stakes or moorings with proper proof of the lease agreement, current registration and ownership of the leased vessel.
(F) Permits for the rental of a private dock, stake or mooring shall be signed by the same person whose name appears on the registration certificate or by power of attorney. Certificates of title for vessels moored in private docks, stakes or moorings shall bear the same name as named on the private dock, stake or mooring permit and shall be shown upon request unless exempted by 921.01-8 (E)(2). No vessel other than those designated on the permit shall be tied to the designated dock, stake or mooring. No area of waterfront for private docks, stakes or moorings shall be used for any commercial purposes or for rental or loan to others. Any violation of this subsection shall be cause for revocation of the permit.
(G) All vessels must be removed from private docks and stakes between the dates of November 30 of each year to April 1 of the following year.
(H) Any vessel found unattended in any waterways of the City between the dates of November 30 of each year to April 1 of the following year will be considered abandoned by the owner and will be impounded subject to the provisions as set forth in this chapter regarding the abandonment of vessels.
(I) Any vessel in any waterways of the City in violation of this section will be impounded subject to the provisions as set forth in this chapter regarding the abandonment of vessels.
(J) No boathouses or other structures shall be constructed on permitted ground. Private docks may be left in the water during the winter season, November 30 of each year until the following April 1, provided they were permitted the previous season.
(K) No private boat dock, stake or mooring permits shall be allowed on the west side of Griggs Reservoir south of the Fishinger Road Bridge. This does not apply to existing legally maintained boat club leases with the recreation and parks department.
(L) Application for new private docks, stakes and moorings along the shores of the waterways will be given consideration only for those areas that are contiguous to undeveloped City property provided:
(1) All applicants for private dock permits must own real property adjacent to undeveloped City controlled property. The applicant’s property, at a minimum, must be contiguous and parallel to undeveloped City controlled property for one hundred (100) feet. All new applicants as of January 1, 2005 must own real property contiguous and parallel to undeveloped City property within two hundred and fifty (250) feet of the ordinary high water mark. Current property owners whose real property line are greater than two hundred and fifty (250) feet away from the ordinary high water mark and have a current valid private dock permit will be permitted to renew annually until such time as that property owner fails to renew the annual permit.
(2) All applicants for private stake permits must own real property adjacent to undeveloped City controlled property. The applicant’s property, at a minimum, must be contiguous and parallel to undeveloped City controlled property for ten (10) feet. All new applicants as of January 1, 2005 must own real property contiguous and parallel to undeveloped City property within two hundred and fifty (250) feet of the ordinary high water mark. Current property owners whose real property line are greater than two hundred and fifty (250) feet away from the ordinary high water mark and have a current valid private stake permit will be permitted to renew annually until such time as that property owner fails to renew the annual permit.
(3) The waterways of the City does not exceed established safe boating carrying capacity based on formulas developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and established and adopted by the recreation and parks commission. If said waterway is at maximum Safe Boating Carrying Capacity, the applicant will be placed on such official waterways waiting list and may receive the first available opening.
 

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(4) The department Director shall determine the placement of such dock, stake or mooring and reserves the right of denial to any applicant wherein such conditions as natural or navigational hazards/barriers exist or there is a determination made that the issuance of such permit shall negatively impact upon a sensitive shoreline habitat.
(M) Application for renewal of private boat docks and stakes that are already installed and in use on the waterways of the city as of May 2005 shall not be required to meet the requirements of subsection (L)(1) and (L)(2) only. If a permittee contiguous property owner fails to renew the permit for said dock or stake by the annual renewal date, or that contiguous property is transferred to a new owner, then said application will be considered as new and must meet all of the provisions of subsection (L).
(N) The permitted area may include a five (5) foot wide path extending from the applicant’s property to the water’s edge, the specific location of which shall be as laid out and approved by the Director of recreation and parks in accordance with rules adopted by the director of recreation and parks Recreation and Parks Commission.
(O) Permittees Contiguous property owners may erect a new floating dock after receiving approval from subject to the permission of and in accordance with the standards of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and City of Columbus. Plans for all proposed docks must be submitted to and approved by the Director. (1) The Recreation and Parks Commission may adopt administrative rules for floating boat dock construction, maintenance and other privileges pertaining to the use of undeveloped City parkland. Violation of administrative rules shall result in the temporary or permanent revocation of docking privileges and/or impoundment of vessel(s) and removal of associated structures on parkland.
(2) The Director must approve any alteration or improvements to existing permitted structure(s) in writing. All such alterations or improvements must comport comply with the standards of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Columbus and is subject to the approval of both agencies.
(P) Private boat docks and stakes without the proper permit are prohibited and will be considered abandoned by the owner and will be removed and disposed of by the City of Columbus after thirty (30) days notice to the contiguous property owner.
 

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(Q) Placement or storage of any private property on reservoir parkland is prohibited without written approval from the Director. The Director may, however, authorize encroachments existing on Reservoir parkland as of March 2008 to remain so long as all current City Code provisions are followed.
(R) By After March 31, 2001, all applicants for new or renewal of permits or the annual renewal of permits for private docks, stakes and moorings along the shore of the waterways of the City must have an approved land stewardship agreement on file with the Division of Power and Water prior to the issuance of said permit. A land stewardship agreement shall define agreed upon water supply reservoir watershed best management practices for maintenance that abutting contiguous property owners may perform on City property.
(S) If the Director determines that any dock, structure, stairs, or other encroachment (collectively referred to herein as “encroachment”) located on or attached to City property has become a detriment to the City, the person who installed such encroachment shall remove it at their expense upon receiving written notice of the Director’s determination. If the person who installed the encroachment is no longer the contiguous property owner, the City may remove and dispose of said encroachment.

If the current contiguous property owner wishes to continue to use the encroachment in conjunction with a pre-existing dock or stake, that property owner (referred to herein as the “responsible party”) may submit a request to the Director to allow the encroachment to remain. If the Director allows the encroachment to remain, the responsible party must do all of the following:
1.) Submit a new or renewal dock/stake permit application
2.) Submit a signed Responsibility Form
3.) Keep the dock or stake permit current and valid.
 

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(Q) Placement or storage of any private property on reservoir parkland is prohibited without written approval from the Director. The Director may, however, authorize encroachments existing on Reservoir parkland as of March 2008 to remain so long as all current City Code provisions are followed.
(R) By After March 31, 2001, all applicants for new or renewal of permits or the annual renewal of permits for private docks, stakes and moorings along the shore of the waterways of the City must have an approved land stewardship agreement on file with the Division of Power and Water prior to the issuance of said permit. A land stewardship agreement shall define agreed upon water supply reservoir watershed best management practices for maintenance that abutting contiguous property owners may perform on City property.
(S) If the Director determines that any dock, structure, stairs, or other encroachment (collectively referred to herein as “encroachment”) located on or attached to City property has become a detriment to the City, the person who installed such encroachment shall remove it at their expense upon receiving written notice of the Director’s determination. If the person who installed the encroachment is no longer the contiguous property owner, the City may remove and dispose of said encroachment.

If the current contiguous property owner wishes to continue to use the encroachment in conjunction with a pre-existing dock or stake, that property owner (referred to herein as the “responsible party”) may submit a request to the Director to allow the encroachment to remain. If the Director allows the encroachment to remain, the responsible party must do all of the following:
1.) Submit a new or renewal dock/stake permit application
2.) Submit a signed Responsibility Form
3.) Keep the dock or stake permit current and valid.

If at any time the responsible party fails to renew their dock or stake permit by the March 15th deadline, the encroachment shall no longer be approved and must be removed at the expense of the responsible party. No stairs, stairways with landings or other similar structures will be approved for new dock/stake applicants where no dock, stake, or mooring had previously existed.


All private docks, ramps, improved walkways, improvements, utilities or any other private structures or property shall be removed by the person or person(s) originally granted permission to make the improvements, at their expense, if at any time that person or person(s) fails to renew the annual permit or transfers the adjacent private property to a new owner. These improvements may only be left in place if a new owner advises the city of Columbus, recreation and parks department, in writing that they accept full responsibility for the maintenance and removal (if necessary) of these improvements. This acceptance must be on an approved Columbus recreation and parks department form for this purpose and must be submitted within ninety (90) days of the transfer of the adjacent real property. Any and all encroachment issues must be fully resolved to the satisfaction of the city of Columbus before permission or permits may be granted for any dock, stake, mooring or additional improvements.

(T) Any and all encroachment issues must be fully resolved to the satisfaction of the City of Columbus before permission or permits may be granted for any dock, stake, mooring or additional improvements to the same.
(U) The issuance of a private dock permit, stake, or mooring does not grant to the contiguous property owner any property interest in or right to use City property that can pass with the land upon transfer of title to a new owner. Furthermore, the issuance of a private dock permit is only a license to use City property that expires at the end of the permit period and will be reviewed annually by the Director upon the timely receipt of a new or renewal application. If conditions on the property have changed to such a degree that the issuance of a permit would negatively impact City property, the Director may deny the issuance of a permit.
 

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919.99 Penalties.
(A) Whoever violates Sections 919.06, 919.07, 919.08, 919.09(C), (G), 919.11, 919.15, 919.16(C), 919.17, 919.18, 919.19, 919.21, 919.22, 919.23(A), (B), (C), (D), (F), and (G), or 919.25 is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be fined not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).
(B) Whoever violates Sections 919.12, 919.13, 919.14, 919.23(E), 919.24, 919.26, or 919.27 is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and shall be fined not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days or both. Need to add 919.09 (C) and 919.16 (D)
(C) Whoever violates Section 919.10 is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree and shall be fined not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned for not more than sixty (60) days or both.
(D) Whoever violates Sectaion 919.09(A), (B), (D), (E), (F) is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree and shall be fined not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) or imprisoned for not more than ninety (90) days or both.
(E) Whoever violates Sections 919.16(A), (B) or 919.20 is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree and shall be fined not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than six (6) months or both. (Ord. 1648-91; Ord. 738-97 § 1 (part).)

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There was a lawsuit against a few owners that was resolved last month in favor of the city regarding their land (buffer ownership) around the reservoirs. I heard they would be rolling out new regs for the land stewardship agreements. This looks like it.
 

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I'm switching back to my FOSR login for this

Have you ever laughed so hard that you've clenched your teeth like a muzzle brake to preserve some back pressure against your lungs while you hope that your sinuses don't blow out of your nostrils as a relief valve?

I got another email message saying that the draft version of the new rules came from a 2015 meeting. I don't know who was there and who provided the input. As it is written, if your child picks a flower or gathers a seed or disturbs a stone or if you clean any part of any vehicle you will be subject to a fine of at least $100.

When in doubt, prohibit everything.

Now I got an email from a Columbus official which basically says: We didn't say that. We said it but we didn't really say it and please remove any reference to what we said from any social media sites.

Too late. Now I need to clean the snot out of my keyboard.
 
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