Shoreline planners toolbox

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, publications, and guidance to help with:

  • Permitting
  • Resolving shoreline management issues
  • Developing and updating Shoreline Master Programs
  • Researching laws and rules
  • Shoreline Master Program Grant opportunities

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

Administration of Shoreline Master Programs

Shoreline permit filing

You can email your shoreline permit to — for any shoreline substantial development, conditional use, and variances. While we still accept mailed submittals, we prefer email.

Make sure your email contains a complete submittal following the requirements of WAC 173-27-130 and WAC 173-27-180.

Note:  We will email you confirmation within five days. If you do not receive an emailed confirmation letter for a shoreline substantial development permit submittal within five days, contact your shoreline permit reviewer. For conditional use permits and variances, we try to finish our review and decision making process within 30 days of your submittal.

New shoreline programs and amendments


We have two separate shoreline planning grant programs. One is a non-competitive formula grant offered to local governments to supplement the fund requirements for completing their statutorily required SMP periodic reviews. The other is a competitive fund source intended to provide more flexible funding to local governments for locally-driven, priority shoreline planning efforts. Both grants are administered through Ecology's Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) system.