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Shoreline Permits

Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SDP) - Application Form
The State Shoreline Management Act requires any proposal not exempt under WAC 173-27-040 to receive approval of a SDP. 

The City makes the decision on the SDP as described in Kirkland Zoning Code (KZC) Section 141.70.1 using the Process I review.

The applicant has the burden of proof to show that the proposal meets the following criteria:

Shoreline Conditional Use Permit (CUP) - Application Form
Certain proposals require a CUP based on the use and the shoreline environment.  See KZC Section 83.170 for those uses requiring a CUP. 

The City makes the decision on the CUP as described in KZC Section 141.70.2 using the Process IIA permit review.  The City's decision is sent to the State Department of Ecology for its review and approval/disapproval jurisdiction under WAC 173-27-200.

The applicant has the burden of proof to show that the proposal meets the following criteria:

Shoreline Variance Permit - Application Form
A proposal that does not meet the regulations in KZC Chapter 83 requires a Variance Permit.

The City makes the decision on the Variance as described in KZC Section 141.70.3 using the Process IIA permit review.  The City's decision is sent to the State Department of Ecology for its review and approval/disapproval jurisdiction under WAC 173-27-200.

The applicant has the burden of proof to show that the proposal meets the following criteria:

Appeals
A decision on the SDP, CUP, and Variance may be appealed to the State Shoreline Hearings Board.  See KZC Section 141.70 for the timeline to appeal as set forth in RCW 90.58.180.

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123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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