2016 Shoreline Management Act Amendments

In the 2016 legislative session, one bill was adopted amending the Shoreline Management Act (SMA, RCW 90.58). ESHB 2847 is effective June 9, 2016.  Local governments should review the changes carefully for implications to shoreline planning and permitting work.

SHB 2847 - Creating an SDP Exemption for Retrofit of Existing Structures for Disabled Access

Projects in Shoreline jurisdiction that provide access for disabled persons to existing structures are exempt from obtaining Shoreline Substantial Development permits.

Details: Retrofitting of an existing structure is removed from the definition of "substantial development" in RCW 90.58.030 if the project is undertaken with the exclusive purpose of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act or to otherwise provide physical access to a structure by individuals with disabilities.   

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