Shoreline Management Act

Washington's Shoreline Management Act was passed by the legislature in 1971 and affirmed by voters in 1972.  The Act governs the use and development of Washington's shorelines and creates a unique partnership between local and state government.  The Act strives to achieve responsible shoreline use and development, environmental protection, and public access.  Local governments develop master programs based on teh Act and State guidance, and the state ensures local programs consider statewide public interests. 

For more information on the Shoreline Managment Act on Shoreline Master Programs visit the Department of Ecology's Shoreline Master Programs web page at this link.