Shoreline planners toolbox

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Shoreline permit filing during COVID-19 outbreak

We are aware many local governments are closing offices, limiting staff, or teleworking to avoid or reduce social interactions. We are doing the same and we realize some of our normal practices need to be adjusted to accommodate the new way of doing business. For more detailed information about specific shoreline master programs and questions about shoreline permits, please contact your shoreline permit reviewer.

Effective through May 4, 2020, we are temporarily accepting shoreline permit submittals via email.

For shoreline permits — shoreline substantial development, conditional use, and variances — that normally require mailing hard copy documents via certified mail, during the COVID-19 outbreak our normal requirement is suspended so we can accept permit filing and submittal via email. Regular mail and certified mail submittal will continue to be accepted as well, but electronic submittal is preferred during this time.

Email submittals should be sent to:

Please be sure your email contains a complete submittal consistent with the requirements of WAC 173-27-130 and WAC 173-27-180.

Caution: Please be aware that you should receive an email response from us. If you do not receive a confirmation letter for a shoreline substantial development permit submittal via email within 5 days please contact your shoreline permit reviewer. For conditional use permits and variances, we will continue to strive to complete our review and decision making process within 30 days of your submittal.

Need assistance: Our staff are teleworking as part of the statewide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Regional staff are available by telephone or email to assist you with this or other shoreline management issues. We remain committed to service, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.

This toolbox is designed for local and state shoreline planners responsible for developing and administering Shoreline Master Programs. Users will find links to our web pages and publications to help with:

  • Permitting.
  • Resolving shoreline management issues.
  • Developing and updating Shoreline Master Programs.
  • Researching laws and rules.

If you don't find what you need, please contact the Ecology regional planner serving your city or county government.