Seattle’s location on the Puget Sound gives it a unique geography. There are about 200 miles of fresh and saltwater shorelines within Seattle’s city limits. The City of Seattle protects our shoreline ecosystems, encourages water-dependent uses, and maximizes the public’s enjoyment of our natural resources. The City ensures that residents follow the regulations in the 1972 Shoreline Management Act.
DPD normally requires plans required as part of an exemption request from the shoreline code or environmental critical area regulations.
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.