Leasing state-owned aquatic lands just got more streamlined

Marinas are an example of aquatic-use leases with DNR. Photo: Carol Piening/DNR

Projects taking place on or over state-owned aquatic lands require an authorization from DNR. We are pleased to announce that the process to lease and use state-owned aquatic lands just got easier.

At the end of June, the combined Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) became our application for authorization to use state-owned aquatic lands. The JARPA application is available online at: http://tinyurl.com/jarpa-wa.

DNR’s application for authorization is Attachment E on the JARPA web page. Depending on your project, you may also need to get permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and certain cities and counties. The JARPA web page can help you determine which permits you’ll need.

DNR is committed to increasing efficiency and enhancing coordination to better serve those wishing to use state-owned aquatic lands.

The following are some examples of the diverse types of aquatic-use leases with DNR:

• Boat launches and marinas
• Easements for public utilities
• Aquaculture
• Mooring buoys and boatlifts
• Commercial shellfish harvesting
• Rights of entry to do scientific monitoring and sampling
• Log storage
• Dredging

View the leases that are currently under review or have been recently approved by DNR.

For more information about leasing state-owned aquatic lands, download our fact sheet.

What are state-owned aquatic lands?
State-owned aquatic lands are managed by DNR for the benefit of the citizens in Washington State. These public lands lie beneath our state’s waters and include the tidelands and bedlands of the coast and Puget Sound, and the shorelands and bedlands of navigable lakes and rivers. They were set aside for the people at statehood. To this day, DNR manages these lands to preserve their environmental integrity that is intrinsically linked to our quality of life and to ensure their sustainability for future generations.

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