Shoreline Master Program

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) ensures the beauty of Lake Stevens for future generations by providing a guide for future use and development on the lake to retain the current character and ecological functions of the lake and shoreline. Structures or uses not legally permitted could be required to be removed or brought into compliance with new regulations if a change to the structure or use is requested. These regulations became effective June 14, 2013. City staff is available to answer questions at 425-622-9402.

Periodic Review 2018-2019
The city is currently undergoing a mandatory periodic review of our SMP. Public notices about upcoming open houses and public hearings can be found on this webpage when applicable.

Public Open House held, January 9, 2019, Lake Stevens Community Center at 6 pm. Click here for staff's presentation
Planning Commission Meeting, February 6, 2019, Lake Stevens Community Center at 7 pm. Click here for DRAFT REGULATIONS and staff report
Planning Commission Hearing, February 20, 2019, Lake Stevens Community Center at 7 pm. Click here for public notice, Click here for DRAFT SMP Update Report

Contact Josh Machen, Planning Manager (, for more information about the periodic review or to be placed on an email list to be noticed of upcoming public meetings.

The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) identified these shoreline areas within or adjacent to the city:
Lake Stevens
Stitch Lake
Portions of Little Pilchuck Creek
Catherine Creek

Other supporting documents: