MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would ease restrictions on pier and dock construction.

Right now, the stat Department of Natural Resources issues general or individualized permits for such construction. General permits are broad, one-size-fits-all authorizations. Individual permits convey customized permission for specific projects.

The Republican bill would grant the DNR the authority to issue general permits for any activity that requires an individual permit, easing the regulatory path for shoreline property owners and developers.

The governor signed the bill Monday morning at dock maker Aqualand Manufacturing, Inc., in Woodruff. He issued a statement calling the bill common sense legislation that will improve the DNR's relationship with state residents.