Pet Licenses are available at the police department. Please bring with you proof of their last rabies shot.
No barnyard animals or exotic pets
No more than 3 pets per household
Please see City Ordinance 6.04 pertaining to Animals at:
North Beach Paws
North Beach PAWS No Kill Animal Shelter located just outside Ocean Shores Washington.
Boards, Committees and Commissions
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Fish and Wildlife
License and Fees
Local Improvement District (LID) Payments
Low Income Assistance
Low income resident's assistance for property taxes, LID payments and City utility billings from Grays Harbor County and the City of Ocean Shores.
Low income, senior, and disabled citizens may qualify for reductions or deferrals of property taxes and LID assessments. See Grays Harbor County below:
Grays Harbor Assessor's Office -
Senior / Disabled Property Tax Exemption
Grays Harbor Assessor's Office -
Senior / Disabled Property Tax Deferrals
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 269
Aberdeen, Wa. 98520
Newsroom Fax (360) 533-6039
Business Fax (360) 533-1328
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 671, Montesano, WA 98563.
Phone (360) 249-3311
Fax (360) 249-5636
North Coast News
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Quinault Indian Nation
1214 Aalis Drive
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Toll free: 1-888-616-8211
The Ocean Observer
Published monthly and mailed to all Ocean Shores Community Club members. To contact the office of the Ocean Observer, please call 360-289-4576 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Club should be contacted to see what their policy is. If the properties are combined through the County Courtesy Combination process they can still be separated, and the Community Club may not allow removal of one yearly dues.
The City does not allow a garage on a vacant lot. If you are planning to build across the line you may still be required to combine the property through the City Boundary Line Revision process. Check with the Building Department for this requirement.
Mitigation to provide protection of a wetland in another location, creation of a wetland to replace the impacted area, or purchase of a mitigation bank credit are some of the options to consider. We can assist the property owner in determining if it is necessary to consult with a specialist for a proposed development.
Regulations for Critical Areas (wetlands or shorelines) can be found on the City webpage under Planning Department. The Ocean Shores Municipal Code Title 19.02 and the Shoreline Master Plan are both very helpful.
If there are no mapped wetlands and no wetland indicators found on site during a site investigation then you can apply for permits for driveway, clearing and other development.
Register to vote
What are the requirements to register as a Washington State voter?
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a legal resident of Washington State, your county and your precinct for 30 days immediately preceding the election in which you want to vote
- be at least 18 years old by election day (16- and 17-year-olds can sign up as Future Voters and be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18)
- not be disqualified from voting due to a court order
- not be under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
Available at the Ocean Shores Library located at 573 Point Brown Ave. NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569 during the hours of Noon to 3: 00 P.M. (hours and services may change, please contact the Library at 360-289-3919)
Special Event Permits
- Check all fixtures in the house starting with the lowest to the floor. Typically this is the shower or a floor drain. If only one or two are effected then a plumber or the owner is responsible for unplugging or repair.
- Check the candy cane or 4" vent located between the house and the property corner. If the vent is clear, no signs of sewage overflowing, and if you can see the trunk line by looking down the vent, and it is clear. Call a plumber or the owner may perform the work.
- If the vent pipe is overflowing then there may be a problem with the equipment that the City Staff is responsible for. The City will be happy to respond and check to see if the Pit is functioning properly, and assess whether the blockage is in the pit or in side sewer. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the side sewer. If it is a property side blockage as determined by City staff, then a contractor or the owner is responsible for unplugging or repairing the line. A general contractor bonded to work in the right of way or a plumber may make these repairs. A licensed plumber or the owner must perform the work that is subject to a plumbing inspection (Anything under the house).
Read OSMC 13.28 Side Sewer Connections
Water Treatment & Distribution
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Wastewater treatment plants remove impurities contained in the waste stream so the treated wastewater can be safely returned to the environment with little or no impact. Our treatment plant must meet or exceed the discharge standards, conditions and requirements set forth in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit, issued by the State of Washington Department of Ecology, to the Ocean Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant
The treated wastewater leaves the treatment process after it is disinfected and is then stored in a 1.5 million gallon storage lagoon. From the storage lagoon the treated water is discharged into the mouth of Grays Harbor by a valve programmed with the tide schedule, the valve opens one hour after high tide, for a discharge period of four hours with the out-going tide. The valve then closes one hour before the ebb tide and the cycle repeats for each high tide event.
The average daily flow to the Ocean Shores Wastewater Treatment Plant is between 400,000 and 700,000 gallons each day. Each month approximately 15 to 24 million gallons are treated at the plant. Annually 185 to 220 million gallons of wastewater treated and over 3.7 billion gallons of wastewater have been treated since the plant was upgraded in 1999.
Yes, Bird Watchers may come into the Treatment Plant, but there are some considerations to ensure safety and prevent disruption of the treatment plant operation.
- The hours available for bird watching inside the plant fence is; Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. The treatment plant is closed for business on Saturday and Sunday.
- Bird watching may only be done inside of the plant fence on foot, driving around the compound in private vehicles is not allowed. Please park in the Visitors Parking lot in front of the office at the top of the hill. If it is full there is additional parking just outside of the gate. Please do not block or stop on the roads inside the fence.
- Please check in at the office so staff knows you are there. On occasion staff has to leave and the gate will be locked.
- The only area for viewing birds inside the fence is around the 3 lagoons (which have asphalt paths around them).