Site visit On Henry Island. Jan 20, 2000
"Your Right to Be Heard"
An online pamphlet describing practice before the SHB and procedures for filing
a new appeal.
About the SHB
The Shoreline Management Act, ("SMA") Chapter 90.58 RCW provides for the management
of development along the state shorelines. Local government has the primary responsibility
for initiating the planning required by the SMA and administering the regulatory
program consistent with the policy and provisions of the Act. The Department of
Ecology acts primarily in a supportive and review capacity with an emphasis on providing
assistance to local government and on insuring compliance with the policy and provisions
of the SMA.
Local government administers and issues shoreline substantial development, conditional
use, and variance permits. Approvals by local government of shoreline conditional
use and variance permits must be reviewed by the Ecology, which then issues the
final decision. Local government and Ecology can also issue fines under the SMA.
The Shorelines Hearings Board hears appeals from these permit decisions, and from
those shoreline penalties jointly issued by local government and Ecology, or issued
by Ecology alone. The Board is not affiliated with any other unit of government.
Three of the SHB members, who also serve as the Pollution Control Hearings Board,
are full time employees, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.
At least one member is an attorney. The three other members, who serve part time
are: the State Land Commissioner or designee, a representative from the Washington
State Association of Counties, and one from the Association of Washington Cities.
In appeals involving a single family residence or certain structures serving a single
family residence, the appeal may be heard by a panel of three board members, at
least one and not more than two of whom shall be members of the Pollution Control