Shoreline Stabilization Links & Resources
Construction and modifications within 200' of the water
Most types of construction, grading, or clearing within 200’ of the shoreline of Moses Lake require some sort of permit. This includes cutting or removing plants, repairing a dock, placing rock at the shoreline, grading, or installing a boat lift or dock, among many others. If you are not sure, call a Planner at 764-3750 to help you determine if a permit is needed and assist you through the process.
Some actions are exempt from an actual shoreline permit, but still need a shoreline exemption. This is a fairly quick and simple process where you submit in writing what you are proposing, the City staff makes sure your proposal is covered in the exemptions from a permit listed in state law, and you get a form saying you can proceed with your project.
There may be conditions you will need to comply with to make sure your project meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act.
Regulations - Shoreline Master Program
The local shoreline regulation document is called the
Shoreline Master Program
or SMP. In 2017, Moses Lake adopted a major update of the original 1974 SMP.
Shoreline Master Program Update
page for information about how these regulations were updated.
Ever wonder why
flock to a nice clean lawn? Sebastian the talking goose explains the attraction in this
Want to have a
? Learn about
Recommended shoreline plant
for the Moses Lake area
Shoreline Management Act:
the State law and further information can be found on the Department of Ecology's
Shoreline Management page
Why are shoreline permits required?
If it is a State permit, why don’t I get a permit from the State?
Why shouldn’t I cut down the tules in front of my lot?
I have erosion on my lot, so I’ll just build a bulkhead, right?
It’s a big lake. What I do on my lot doesn’t matter.
401 S. Balsam | P.O. Box 1579
Moses Lake, WA 98837 | Ph: (509) 764-3701
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