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Exemptions for site investigation

Site exploration and investigation activities performed in preparation for applying for a development authorization are exempt from permit requirements if:

  • The activity does not interfere with the normal public use of the surface waters;
  • The activity will have no significant adverse impact on the environment including,  fish, wildlife, fish or wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetic values;
  • The activity does not involve the installation of a structure, and upon completion of the activity the vegetation and land configuration of the site are restored to conditions existing before the activity;
  • A private entity seeking development authorization first posts a performance bond or provides other evidence of financial responsibility to the local jurisdiction to ensure that the site is restored to preexisting conditions; and
  • The activity is not subject to the permit requirements of the SMA's oil and gas exploration requirements found in RCW 90.58.550.

For more information

Contact Ecology's shoreline permit reviewer serving your town, city, or county.