Coronavirus (COVID-19) status update
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective until May 4, 2020, we can accept shoreline permit submittals via email to better accommodate teleworking and other social distancing practices. Learn more.
Washington has about 28,000 miles of shorelines, which is more than the distance around the earth. We work in partnership with communities, local and tribal governments, and state and federal agencies to meet state and national goals for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing state shorelines.
Shoreline Master Programs
We work in partnership with more than 260 cities and counties to develop and implement shoreline master programs (SMPs). Local SMPs protect and restore valuable aquatic resources for future generations, provide for water-dependent uses, and ensure access to public shorelines.
Permitting and enforcement
Shoreline development proposals are reviewed by local governments for compliance with SMP standards. We provide technical assistance and guidance to local governments and review some development proposals.
We work closely with our government and non-government partners to better understand natural hazards and build resilient shoreline and coastal communities.
We have a permitting and planning role in aquaculture. We use science as a foundation for our decisions and provide guidance on wisely managing this use in a environmentally responsible way.