Maryland Marine Construction FAQ

How much does it cost to build a pier or boat dock for my home?

The cost varies greatly by the area (square footage) of the decking, the materials used, water depth and the geographic location. However, on the low end, you can expect a new pier to cost approximately $30 per square foot for natural wood. Modern composite materials are up to four times this cost.

Do I need a permit to build a small pier on my own property?

Actually, you’ll need more than one permit. Permits are required from the State and your local County for any shoreline/marine construction. Some towns and cities also have their own permit requirements. See our Permit Services page for more information.

Does Bay Pile Driving do any commercial construction?

Yes, we have completed several commercial projects, as well as state and federal projects. Please contact us if you would like a bid for your commercial project.

How long does it take to complete a pier?

The permitting process can take several months. And of course the construction process can vary greatly depending upon the size of the project. In most cases, however, we can complete a residential project in a week or less, once all permits have been obtained.

Will my yard or shoreline be disturbed by the construction?

While we do our best to disturb the shoreline as little as possible, the nature of any construction project requires that the ground be disturbed. Rest assured that Bay Pile Driving will restore your yard and/or shoreline to its original condition or better, based upon our discussions and the contract specifications prior to the start of the project.

How long can I expect my new pier to last? Will it require much maintenance?

Piers built with wood will require more maintenance than those built with modern composite materials. A typical lifespan of natural wood decking is 8-10 years with regular cleaning and maintenance, while composite decking can last as long as 20 years with very little maintenance.