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Shoreline Master Programs

Shoreline Master Programs

Shoreline Master Programs are local land use policies and regulations designed to manage shoreline use. These local programs protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses. They are created in partnership with the local community and Ecology, and must comply with the state Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.

Over 260 local programs must be updated by 2014. These updates are a unique opportunity to create a positive future for Washington’s shorelines. We hope you will get involved.

CITIZEN GUIDE: Learn more and help shape the future of Washington’s shorelines.


SHORELINE PLANNERS TOOLBOX: Find resources for updating shoreline master programs.


PERMITS AND ENFORCEMENT: Learn about local shoreline permits and enforcement.

MEDIA KIT: Find news releases and related content.





2003 Settlement Agreement

Parties to the agreement


NEW! - October 2014 Comments wanted on amendment to Bellingham’s shoreline program

NEW! - October 2014 Updates to Douglas County shoreline plan considered

NEW! - October 2014 Shoreline program approved for city of Yakima

All Shoreline News Releases


NEW! - August 2014 Delineating CMZs

NEW! - August 2014 Channel migration processes and patterns

SMP Handbook for local governments

Soft shoreline stabilization guidance for cities and counties

Citizen Guide Brochure

Making Sense of Tough Issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Legislative report on timeliness 2013