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Ocean Shores


Ocean shores  
Under the Beach Bill enacted in 1967, the public has free and uninterrupted use of the beaches along Oregon´s 362 mile-long coastline. The Beach Bill also directed that the ocean shore be administered as a state recreation area. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is charged with the protection and preservation of the recreation, scenic, and natural resource values found on Oregon´s ocean shore.

Administrative rules governing ocean shores management
Division 20: Beach Construction/Alteration Standards
Division 21: General Ocean Shore State Recreation Area Rules
Division 22: Ocean Shore Vehicle Use Zones Policy
Division 23: Recommendations to Adjust Statutory Vegetation Line
Division 24: Vehicles and Aircraft Restrictions On Ocean Shore
Division 25: Ocean Beach Access Sign Maintenance Policy; Federal, County and City Access
Division 26: Beach Log And Driftwood Removal Policy
Division 27: Beach Salvage Policy
Division 28: Ocean Beach Safety and Lifesaving Program
Division 30: Special Regulations Affecting Ocean Shores Adjacent To Coastal Cities
Division 80: Civil Penalty Assessment for Ocean Shore Violations

Through its ocean shore rules, we regulate vehicle use, camping, and other recreational activities on the ocean shore. We review permits for special events, commercial filming, and beach salvage activities, and administer a permit program for ocean shore alterations. Ocean Shore FAQs​ are available on our main park website. 

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Permit Decisions

Permit Decisions and Finding of Fact Reports
Use the link below to access downloadable versions of issued Ocean Shore Alteration Permit Decisions and Finding of Fact documents.
Permit Decisions and Staff Reports

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Permits and forms

Ocean shore alterations include the construction of shoreline protective structures, beach access ways, dune grading and other sand alterations, the routing of pipelines and cables beneath the ocean shore, marine algae collection, and natural product removal. Permit application materials include a one-page main application form, along with a specific permit addendum for one of the six different types of alteration permits. A supplemental property information form is required if the project involves more than one tax lot.

Main application form to be used for all projects [ PDF ] [ RTF]

Addendum A – Shoreline Protection Structures [ PDF ] [ RTF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

Addendum B – Accessways / other miscellaneous projects [ PDF ] [ RTF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

Addendum C – Sand Alteration [ PDF ] [ RTF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

Addendum D – Natural Product Removal [ request by email--See Key Staff listed below ]

Addendum E – Marine Algae Collection [ request by email--See Key Staff listed below ]

Addendum F – Pipeline, Cable, or Conduit [ PDF ] [ RTF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

Supplemental property information form to be used for each additional tax lot [ PDF ] [ RTF ]

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Key staff

Coastal Region Manager
John Allen
12735 NW Pacific Coast Hwy
Seal Rock, OR  97376
Voice: 541-563-8502
Fax:    541-563-8508
Ocean Shores Permit Coordinator 
12735 NW Pacific Coast Hwy
Seal Rock, OR  97376
Ocean Shore Natural Resource Specialist 
Calum Stevenson
89814 Cape Arago Highway
Coos Bay, OR  97420-9647
Voice:  541-888-9324
Fax:     541-888-5650
Ocean Shore Resource Specialist 
Laurel Hillmann
725 Summer St Suite C
Salem, OR  97333
Voice:  503-986-0700
Fax:     503-986-0792

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