City of Seattle SMP Amendment

On Oct. 29, 2019, we approved the city of Seattle's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) amendment. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the city's SMP is Nov. 12, 2019, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their SMP amendment was approved.

The city has amended Seattle Municipal Code Sections 23.60A.204, 23.60A.916, and 23.60A.942 to clarify the definition of "vessel" and provide consistency in the use of this term within the city's SMP. Authority for this update is based on Washington's Shoreline Management Act and related rules.

We held a joint comment period with the city on the proposed amendments following procedures outlined in WAC 173-26-104. The comment period began on April 1 and continued through May 1, 2019. A joint public hearing was held on May 1, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at Seattle City Hall. The city summarized comments received and provided responses to the issues raised during the joint comment period.

Documents related to approval

Copies of these documents are available by contacting Misty Blair.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Daily Journal of Commerce legal ads on Nov. 12, 2019.