RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Timing and duration of permits
Local governments have some flexibility to adopt appropriate time limits for the timing and duration of substantial development, conditional use or variance permits. Time limits must be reasonably related to the time actually necessary to perform the development on the ground and complete the project that is being permitted, and/or are necessary for the protection of shoreline resources. Time limits must be consistent with the policy and provisions of the local master program and the SMA, and must be approved by Ecology.
If a local government has not established specific time limits on permits, the following "default" time limits apply.
Construction (or other actions approved under a shoreline permit) must begin within two years of the effective date of a shoreline permit. Before the end of the two years, the local government may grant a single extension of up to one year to this time limit, based on "reasonable factors." Ecology and interested parties of record must first be notified.
Shoreline permits are valid for five years, i.e. the construction or any "development" activity must be complete during that period. Local government may issue permits that expire in less than five years as an option. Again, before the five years ends, local government may grant a single extension of up to one year based on reasonable factors, and if Ecology and parties of record are notified.
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Rule: WAC 173-27-090
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