Environmental Planning & Regulation

​The Purpose of Environmental Planning
The urban environment is a highly important element of the quality of life to the people of Port Angeles.  A clean, healthy, and diverse natural environment along with a variety of historical and cultural amenities are critical elements of a high quality community.

Local environmental regulations and controls are intended to protect and enhance the area's unique physical features and to create and maintain a community with a high quality of life where the land is used in a manner that is compatible with the area's unique physical features, its natural amenities, and the overall environment.

Elements of the City's natural environment that are protected include the City's marine shoreline, the steep marine bluff facing the shoreline, the streams running through the city and the ravines that contain them, wetlands and other areas that deserve protection. 

The City of Port Angeles' environmental regulations are designed to balance environmental protections with development potential to maintain the area's natural attraction and social well being.

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Municipal Code on Environmental Policy

  1. Permit Needs
  2. Shorelines
  3. Wetlands
  4. ESA's
  5. Clearing & Grading
  6. Tree Removal
Permits are required for all development and/or uses on sites with Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA's).

All environmental permits shall include a completed State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist.  SEPA is a standardized form that is designed to review environmental impacts of a project at the earliest possible time in the development process.  SEPA  review includes a 14-day public comment period.  After the comment period closes, the City's SEPA Responsible Official will issue a "Threshold Determination".  Depending on the anticipated adverse impacts, the threshold determination may be a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS), a mitigated determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) or a Determination of Significance (DS).  When a Determination of Significance is issued, an Environmental Impact Statement will be required before a development may begin.