What is a Shoreline Exemption and what is required to obtain approval?

Certain land uses and development activities are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, but are not exempt from compliance with the Shoreline Master Program. Exemptions are issued in writing by the City after the submission of a complete application, including a site plan. Even though an activity is exempt from requiring a Substantial Development Permit, a conditional use or variance permit may be required. Exemptions under the SMP are different than exemptions under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). 

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1. What is a Shoreline Master Program (SMP)?
2. Where does this apply?
3. What is a periodic update of the SMP?
4. How do shoreline regulations apply to land use and development activities?
5. What is a Shoreline Exemption and what is required to obtain approval?
6. How does the SMP affect existing uses and development?
7. What is public access to shorelines? When is it required?
8. What is No Net Loss?