There are some common misconceptions about working in the Shoreline District and how a project may be exempted from the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP) process.
One common misconception is that the Shoreline Code regulations do not apply to a use or development proposal that is “minor,” does not affect the part of the property that is abutting or on the water, or does not apply when repairing something already in place. Shoreline regulations apply to all uses and development within 200’ of the shoreline, including those uses and developments that are determined by DPD to be exempt from the SSDP process. Even for work that does not require an SSDP, you still need to obtain an exemption from the permit process and follow all the regulations in the Shoreline Code.
For example, while repair of an existing pier is exempt from having to obtain an SSDP, in order to be fully in compliance, an owner would be wise to first apply for a Shoreline Exemption for the repair work in order to ensure that it minimizes adverse impacts to fish habitat. It costs $250 to apply for the exemption (hourly charges apply if review of the application exceeds an hour). Conditions can be attached to the shoreline exemption to ensure that the work complies with the regulations.
Please see Client Assistance Memo 209A, Shoreline Substantial Development Exemptions Application Instructions, for more information on how to obtain a shoreline exemption. For questions about compliance with the regulations of the Shoreline District, please contact: