Do I need a permit to replace my bulkhead?

Any bulkhead, no matter what size, is regulated by the Shoreline Regulations. A bulkhead greater than 4-feet in height, measured from finished grade, including anything below ground, also requires a building permit and environmental review (SEPA). A shoreline exemption can be granted when the sole purpose of a bulkhead is to protect an existing single-family residence, and appurtenant structures, from loss or damage by erosion (WAC 173.27.040(2)(c)), and for normal maintenance and repair of the bulkhead (WAC 173.27.040(2)(b)). In the case of an emergency situation, Per WAC 173.27.040(2)(d), a bulkhead may be granted written shoreline exemption for construction necessary to protect property from damage by the elements.

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1. Do I need a building permit if I build retaining walls to terrace my landscape on a hillside?
2. When do I need a permit to build a fence?
3. How close can a fence be to road intersection?
4. Do I need a permit to replace my bulkhead?