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Below is King County Council approved Shoreline Master Program. The program does not take effect until approved by the Department of Ecology.

The Shoreline Master Program includes policies, regulations and plans that manage the shorelines within King County’s jurisdiction. The Shoreline Master Program will be incorporated into the King County Comprehensive Plan.

Unless otherwise indicated, Shoreline Master Program documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat format for broad compatibility and in sections to minimize download time. For help with Acrobat, please see our Adobe Acrobat help page.

Adopted Shoreline Goals and Policies (Acrobat, 537 KB)

Appendix A

Map: Shorelines of the State, (Acrobat, 4.9 MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Northwest King County, (Acrobat, 2.1 MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Northeast King County, (Acrobat, 2.1 MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Southeast King County, (Acrobat, 1.2 MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Southwest King County, (Acrobat, 1.9 MB)

Shoreline Management Regulations

Shoreline Management Regulations (Acrobat, 906 KB)
The Shoreline Management Regulations includes code amendments specific to shoreline land use and permitting. The Regulations also include amendments to other King County Code sections including critical areas regulations that are relied upon by King County for purposes of complying with the Shoreline Management Act.

Supplemental Materials

Shorelines Protection and Restoration Plan (Acrobat, 783 KB)
A summary of shoreline restoration planning and the ways in which it is expected to occur over time.

Public Access Plan (Acrobat, 84KB)
Priorities for providing new public access to major shorelines in the unincorporated area.

Cumulative Impacts Analysis (Acrobat, 323KB)
This analysis evaluates the success of County policies and regulations in meeting a “no-net-loss” goal contained in the state guidelines for the Shoreline Master Program update.

For more information about shoreline management in King County, please contact Laura Casey, environmental scientist, Department of Permitting and Environmental Review.