The new Seattle Shoreline Master Program went into effect on June 15, 2015! There are new requirements for what used to be called Houseboats and House barges. (Not to be confused with floating homes – See our On-Water Property Definitions Page)
What does this mean for Houseboats in Seattle?
The forms are available here and are also available through the Department of Planning and Development’s Floating Residences page.
GET A HEAD START! Download the official forms here!
Client Assistance Memo 229 – describing the rules for Floating On-Water Residences, House-barges, and Vessels with Dwelling Units.
This document describes which form you need to submit based on the type of floating residence you have.
Floating On-Water Residence Form
This is the form to be completed to obtain verification of a Floating On-Water Residence. It also indicates what supplemental information must be included with the application and how to pay the required application fee.
Vessel Containing Dwelling Unit Form
This is the form to be completed to obtain verification of a Vessel with Dwelling Unit. It also indicates what supplemental information must be included with the application and how to pay the required application fee.
House Barge Verification Form
This is the form to be completed by house barges as defined in the previous Shoreline Master Program (circa 1990). There are approximately 34 house barges in Seattle Waters.
1. The house barge was moored at a recreational marina in the City of Seattle before July 1, 1990; and
2. A permit for the house barge was secured from the DPD verifying that the house barge existed and was used for residential purposes
within the City of Seattle before July 1, 1990 and has been continuously used since that time.
Change of Owner-Address
This form can be used to satisfy the regulation requiring the owner of a Floating On-Water Residence to notify the City of Seattle within six months of a change of ownership or address. NOTE: You need to submit this form even if you only change slip locations.
In Case of Emergency
This form can be used to create an Emergency Contact form that you can place in a window or conspicuous place that can be used by neighbors or emergency personnel to facilitate contacting you, other emergency personnel, or to identify on-board pets. This form is in duplicate to easily create 2 displayable pages (cut in the middle). NOTE: You will need to save this to your hard drive before using.