Regulations & Permits

We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. Rules and regulations that direct state agencies, local governments, businesses, and others on how to comply with relevant laws are compiled in the Washington Administrative Code. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.
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Shoreline Master Programs Handbook
The Handbook helps local governments update their shoreline master programs.
Shoreline permits & enforcement
We support local governments in administering and enforcing shoreline permits.
SEPA checklist guidance, Section B: Housing
Guidance for completing Housing section for Part B of the SEPA environmental checklist.
Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council
This is a resource page, including meeting agendas and presentations, for the advisory council.
Lewis County, WA, Shoreline Master Program - Appendix 1: Shoreline Environment Designations
Map showing Shoreline Environment Designations for Lewis County SMP (report figure 1)
Rulemaking Adoption Notice (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 08/07/17
This is a rulemaking adoption (CR-103) for 2015 SMA Rulemaking (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26)
Adopted rule language (WAC 173-18) 08/07/17
This is adopted rule language for WAC 173-18 SMA–Streams and Rivers Constituting Shorelines of the State.
Adopted rule language (WAC 173-20) 08/07/17
This is adopted rule language for WAC 173-20 SMA–Lakes Constituting Shorelines of the State
Adopted rule language (WAC 173-22) 08/07/17
This is adopted rule language for WAC 173-22 Adoption of Designations of Shorelands and Wetlands Associated with Shorelines of the State
Adopted rule language (WAC 173-26) 08/07/17
This is adopted rule language for WAC 173-26 State Master Program Approval/Amendment Procedures and Master Program Guidelines
Adopted rule language (WAC 173-27) 08/07/17
This is adopted rule language for WAC 173-27 Shoreline Management Permit and Enforcement Procedures
Rulemaking Announcement (WAC 173-15; -18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 09/02/15
This is a rulemaking announcement (CR-101) for Shoreline Management Act (SMA) rulemaking.
Periodic review (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
Ecology has prepared issue papers explaining the proposed amendments in a more readable format than the standard presentation regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
Joint public review (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
Ecology has prepared issue papers explaining the proposed amendments in a more readable format than the standard presentation regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
Housekeeping (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
Ecology issue papers explaining 2015 SMA housekeeping amendments.
SEPA DNS (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
State Environmental Policy Act Determination of Non-significance regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
SEPA Checklist (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
State Environmental Policy Act Environmental Checklist regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
Preliminary Regulatory Analyses (WAC 173-18; -20; -22; -26; -27) 03/01/17
Preliminary Regulatory Analyses including the Preliminary Cost-Benefit Analysis, Least-Burdensome Alternative Analysis, Administrative Procedure Act Determinations, Regulatory Fairness Act Compliance regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
Rulemaking proposed language (SMA 2015 Rulemaking WAC 173-18) 03/01/17
This is proposed rule language for WAC 173-18 SMA–Streams and Rivers Constituting Shorelines of the State regarding the regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
Rulemaking proposed language (SMA 2015 Rulemaking WAC 173-20) 03/01/17
This is proposed rule language for WAC 173-20 SMA–Lakes Constituting Shorelines of the State regarding the regarding Shoreline Management Act (SMA) 2015 rulemaking.
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