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)
Public Notices for Section 401 water quality certifications & CZM federal consistency
View current public notices for statewide projects seeking Section 401 water quality certification and Coastal Zone Management approval.
Section 401 water quality & CZM federal consistency decisions
See our recent decisions on Section 401 water quality and CZM federal consistency.
Washington State RiskMAP 2016 Business Plan
This 2016 business plan details how Ecology plans to meet the goals of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Risk MAP Program and the dedicated resources needed to meet Washington's unique and growing need for natural hazard information.
Legal authorities
Summary of local, state and federal legal authorities for commercial fish farms
Expanded outline
Draft outline of net pen guidance technical document
Project area map
Washington state map depicting geographic scope of state net-pen guidance project.
Existing commercial net pens in Puget Sound
Map of existing commercial net pens in Puget Sound as of 2017
HQ shoreline staff list
A list of Dept. of Ecology headquarters staff including policy and technical assistance leads, administrative staff, and managers.
Regional shoreline staff list
List of regional staff who can answer shoreline planning and permitting questions.
Frequently Asked Questions: Periodic Review of Shoreline Master Programs
Answers to frequently asked questions for local governments conducting periodic reviews of their shoreline master programs.
Periodic Review Checklist
Checklist to guide local governments in their shoreline master program periodic reviews.
Public Participation Plan Example
Example of a 3 pg. public participation plan for use by local governments when completing periodic reviews of their shoreline master programs.
Periodic Review Checklist Guidance
Guidance for local governments for how to complete their periodic review checklist for shoreline master programs.
Summary of the rule (WAC 173-26-090)
Summary of changes to state shoreline master program requirements regarding periodic reviews.
Grant scope of work template
Template for state grants to local governments to complete their required shoreline program periodic reviews.
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