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Shoreline Master Program

What Is It?

The Shoreline Master Program regulates development on the City’s shorelines to:

  • Protect shoreline ecosystems
  • Encourage water-dependent uses
  • Provide for maximum public use and enjoyment of the shorelines
  • Preserve, enhance, and increase views of and access to the water

Our ordinance requires that you:

What It Isn’t

This ordinance does not cover:

  • Emergency spill response; contact Department of Ecology’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-OILS-911
  • Pollution discharges into lakes, creeks, and public storm drains; contact Seattle Public Utilities
  • Navigation hazards; call Seattle Harbor Patrol at (206) 684-4071
  • Regulations of the City of Shoreline, Washington

Read the Code

Read more about the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) shoreline district, SMC 23.60.

Proposed Changes

We're updating our Shoreline Master Program. For more information, visit our proposed Shoreline Master Program Updates.

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