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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.
Ocean Shore FAQs and other information, including historical information about Oregon's Ocean Shore State Recreation Area, are available on OPRD's main website. Looking for photos of Oregon's ocean shoreline? Check out our Ocean Shore Scenery Flickr album.
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Administrative Rules

Through its ocean shore rules, OPRD regulates vehicle use, camping, and other recreational activities on the ocean shore. In addition to administering a permit program for ocean shore alterations, OPRD reviews application permits for special events, commercial filming, and beach salvage activities.

The ocean shore near Port Orford, Oregon
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Pending and Issued Permits

Below you will find a link to access information about ocean shore alteration permits currently being considered by OPRD, including application information, current status and information about opportunities for public comment.

Pending Permits

Below you will find a link 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, and other natural product removal. Permit application materials include a 1-page main application form, along with a specific permit addendum for the specific type of alteraton permits issued by OPRD.

Ocean Shore Permit Application form to be used for all projects [ PDF ]

Addendum A – Shoreline Protection Structure Application [ PDF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

Addendum B – Accessways / Other Miscellaneous Projects Application [ PDF ] Instructions [ PDF ]

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

Addendum F – Pipeline, Cable, or Conduit [ PDF ] Instructions [ PDF ]
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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 
Jay Sennewald
12735 NW Pacific Coast Hwy
Seal Rock, OR  97376
Voice: 541-563-8504
Fax: 541-563-8508
Park Specialist, Ocean Shores
Special Use Permits
Billie Seeger
12735 NW Pacific Coast Hwy
Seal Rock, OR  97376
Voice: 541-563-8506

Ocean Shore Specialist 
Calum Stevenson
89814 Cape Arago Highway
Coos Bay, OR  97420-9647
Voice:  541-888-9324
Fax:     541-888-5650
Ocean Shore Specialist 
Laurel Hillmann
725 Summer St Suite C
Salem, OR  97333
Voice:  503-986-0700
Fax:     503-986-0792

Ocean shoreline near Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area
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