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Property within Shoreline Jurisdiction
All shoreline development is subject to the State Shoreline Management Act. Some projects are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit. To see if your project qualifies for a Shoreline SD Exemption, refer to Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
. Some development on shorelines requires approval of a Shoreline Variance. These projects may or may not also be subject to a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit.
Use this checklist as a guide to a complete application for property located within shoreline jurisdiction. If you don't know if your property is located in shorelines, visit our
About My Property
page to find out.
This is a master application for shoreline projects. JARPA stands for "Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application." In addition to Pierce County, it is accepted for applications with the following agencies:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps):
- U.S. Coast Guard:
Private Aids to Navigation (PATON).
- Washington Department of Ecology:
401 Water Quality Certification
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Hydraulic Project Approval
- Washington Department of Natural Resources:
Aquatic Use Authorization
Permit application drawings. View requirements at:
US Army Corps of Engineers
Photos of existsing structure(s) and/or area where new structure(s) is proposed.
SEPA Environmental Checklist
State Environmental Policy Act review is required if the project is not exempt Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
and Pierce County Code (PCC)
. The original, signed form must be submitted with the application.
to scale, not less than 1-inch=100-feet. show all property corners, existing and proposed structures, adjacent roads, storage tank locations, easements, utility locations, ordinary high water mark (OHWM), eelgrass beds, name of water body, location, material of piling and north arrow.
A shoreline variance can only be approved if the required findings (review criteria) are met by the proposal.
Pierce County Code - Shoreline Management Use Regulations, Title 20
Pierce County Code - Development Regulations, Critical Areas, Title 18E
Shoreline Hazard Evaluation Review Checklsit
Shoreline Hazard Letter - Sample
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