The City has adopted a Comprehensive Plan and is zoned. This imposes limitations on land use, not unlike those in any other Washington city. Both the Comprehensive Plan General Land Use Map and the Zoning Map are posted at the Permit Office for public access.
Restrictive land use covenants contained in the plats of the City are matters of private concern among property owners. The City is not involved in their enforcement.
Municipal Code: The Ocean Shores Municipal Code is current through about six weeks from today's date.
Disclaimer: The City Clerk's Office has the official version of the Ocean Shores Municipal Code. Users should contact the City Clerk's Office for ordinances passed subsequent to the ordinance cited above. Call the City Clerk at 360-289-3099 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Zoning imposes limitations on land use, not unlike those in any other Washington city. The Comprehensive Plan General Land Use Map and the Zoning Map are posted at the Permit Office for public access.
Overnight Rentals or rentals of less than thirty (30) days are NOT ALLOWED in residential zones by a vote of the people. Overnight rentals are allowed in business zones. Hotel/Motel taxes and business licensing, as well as other restrictions and rules apply. The Municipal Code regulates the use of private residences as overnight rental properties (“transient rentals”). An initiative was passed in May of 1993 which had the effect of:
1) prohibiting any new overnight rentals in residentially zoned areas of Ocean Shores and:
2) the phasing out of existing overnight rental permits.
Land Use Covenants in the plats of the City are not enforced by the City, and are matters of private concern among property owners.
Recreational Vehicles and Tents. The Municipal Code regulates the use and storage of recreational vehicles (RV’s) and the use of tents on developed and undeveloped lots in Ocean Shores. Copies are available at the Police Station.
An RV/tent may only be used as living quarters for a maximum of ninety (90) days in any calendar year, regardless of the number of lots owned. RV's may not be stored on a vacant lot. There are also limitations on the number of RV’s/tents per lot, setback requirements, sanitation requirements, etc.
Camping Permits are required and issued at the Police Department from a self-service registration box. Permits must be posted at the street line next to the driveway. Tent camping is permitted only in conjunction with a self-contained RV or an RV attached to an approved sanitary system.