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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:!/OceanShores06/OceanShores0604.html#6.04

North Beach Paws
North Beach PAWS No Kill Animal Shelter located just outside Ocean Shores Washington.

You can call the Non-Emergency number any time at 360-533-8765 and request to speak with Animal Control. You can also call the Police Department at 360-289-3331 Monday through Friday from 8am - 4pm and request Animal Control's voicemail.
You can call the Non-Emergency number any time at 360-533-8765 and request to speak with Animal Control. You can also call the Police Department at 360-289-3331 Monday through Friday from 8am - 4pm and request Animal Control's voicemail.

Boards, Committees and Commissions

If an available position is available on one of the City's boards, committees or commissions please fill out the application and submit it to the City Clerks office.

Business Licenses

You will need to fill out online form, click here for form
Quarterly you will need to file B&O Tax, click here for form

Community Club

The Community Club is a private entity within the City of Ocean Shores. To pay dues assessed on the property please contact the Community Club directly at:

Address:1016 Catala Avenue SE
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone: 360.289.2433

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday: 8 AM – 5 PM


Convention Center

click here to contact the Convention Center Manager

Fish and Wildlife

Contact Fish and Wildlife 
1000 Airport Way
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: 360.532.6237
Click here to visit Grays Harbor Audubon

LID Payments

Click here to pay LID online

License and Fees

Building Permits, Residential .  Ocean Shores has adopted the International Building Code. Charges for building permits are based on Building Valuation Data as published by the International Code Council OSMC 15.08.040.  A 2,000 square foot home valued at $194,000 would aggregate an estimated $3,005 Building Permit Fee.  This is in addition to the water and sewer fees discussed above.  The Building Department has informational packets for persons interested in new construction or remodeling their homes. Call or come by the Permit Office.

Burn Permit.  $30 per calendar year.  Keep a copy of your burn permit on the premises when you are burning. Pick up a burn permit application at the Fire Station.

Business Licenses and B&O Taxes.   For persons interested in opening a business in Ocean Shores, including home occupations, a business license is required. The annual fee for all business licenses is $50.  An additional $50 is required for any necessary Fire Department inspection. Any business grossing $5,000 or more in a quarterly period is required to pay a .0020% B&O tax on gross receipts.  Further information on Business Licenses and B&O taxes is available at the City Finance Office at 800 Anchor Ave.

Camping, Recreational Vehicles and Tents.  No fee. The Municipal Code regulates the use and storage of recreational vehicles (RV’s) and the use of tents on vacant lots in Ocean Shores.  A Camping Permit issued by the Police Department is required to park an RV or erect a tent on a vacant lot, and must be posted at the street line next to the driveway.  Tent camping is permitted only in conjunction with a self-contained RV or an RV attached to an approved sanitary system.  An RV/tent may only be used as living quarters for a maximum of 90 days in any calendar year, regardless of the number of lots owned, and may not be stored on a vacant lot.  There are also limitations on the number of RV’s/tents per lot, setback requirements, sanitation requirements, etc.  These regulations are available at the Police Department, City Hall, Permit Center and online here in the Ocean Shores Municipal Code. A self-service registration box is also available at the Police Department.

Cat & Dog Licensing. See fees below. Dog and cat  licenses are required for residents. No livestock, poultry, or exotic animals may be raised or kept within the City.  A maximum number of three animals (pets) per household are permitted. All cats and dogs shall be licensed and registered annually, within thirty (30) days of acquisition by the owner, or within thirty days of being moved into the City.  Animals will be subject to a licensing fee and licenses will be issued through Ocean Shores Police Department. Dangerous dogs require special licensing. For more information call 360-289-3331.

From the City Code:
 (See City Ordinance 6.04)
The following dogs and cats are excluded from the licensing requirement:

    1.    Those owned by nonresidents who are temporarily within the city;
    2.    Dogs and cats brought into the city for the express purpose of participating in a show;
    3.    Owners or users of seeing eye, guide, or service dogs;
    4.    Licensed pet stores harboring dogs and cats for the purpose of sale.
License Tags Issued—Fees. Upon payment of the appropriate license fee and proof of vaccination as set forth herein, the animal control authority shall record the license tag number. The owner shall be responsible for insuring the license tag is worn by the animal. Tags are not transferable from one animal to another. At the time of application, the owner must present a licensed veterinarian’s certificate confirming that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies for that period. The following fees shall be paid for licenses required by this chapter purchased directly from the city. An additional handling fee may be charged by city designees authorized to issue such licenses.
    1.    Neutered (altered) male and spayed (altered) female dogs: ten dollars for an annual license or twenty-five dollars for a three-year license;
    2.    Unaltered male or female dogs: forty dollars for an annual license or one hundred dollars for a three-year license;
    3.    Altered male or female cats: five dollars for an annual license or twelve dollars and fifty cents for a three-year license;
    4.    Unaltered male or female cats: twenty-five dollars for an annual license or sixty-two dollars and fifty cents for a three-year license;
Community Club Membership.  Membership runs with the property owned.  Call 260-289.2433 for further information.  The Community Club is not affiliated with the City in any manner
Concealed Weapons Permits. Permits for concealed-carry guns are issued by the Ocean Shores Police Department, For more information call 360-289-3331.
Electric Rates, Residential.  Electric service is provided by Grays Harbor Public Utility District (PUD) No. 1, located in Aberdeen.  Information on rates and charges may be obtained by calling the PUD at 360-532-4220.
Garbage Bags. $4 each or 3 for $10. Campers may purchase large Ocean Shores logo bags at the Police Department, Permit Office and Utility Billing Office on weekdays or the Visitor Information Center at the Ocean Shores Convention Center at 120 W Chance a La Mer NW, on weekends. Logo Garbage Bags allow for disposal of trash in the dumpster next to the Skate Park.
Garbage Collection, Residential . The City of Ocean Shores has mandatory garbage collection for all residents and businesses.  The fee includes recycling for a voluntary one tote curbside collection for all recyclables except glass.  There is a glass receptacle located next to the animal control facility in Ocean Shores.  Further information can be obtained from LeMay - Harbor Disposal - in Aberdeen.
Hotel/Motel (Overnight) Tax.  A 5.0% sales tax on transient rentals [rentals for less than thirty (30) consecutive days] is to be collected by operators of all types of “overnight rental” establishments, including private residences in commercial zones.  This tax is sent to the State Department of Revenue which passes it through to the City as Lodging Tax for use in funding Convention Center operations, promoting tourism, and related activities.
Internet Connections. Available from various local and other providers. Free WiFi and computers available at the City Library.
LID and PUD Assessment, Unpaid .  Many properties in Ocean Shores carry unpaid LID and/or PUD assessments.  Prospective buyers are encouraged to check the existence and status of such assessments with Public Finance, Inc. (LID’s) and Grays Harbor Public Utility District (PUD assessments).  You will need the Division, Block and Lot numbers of the property to check this information.
Natural Gas.  Natural gas is not available in Ocean Shores.  Propane is available from suppliers in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam area.
Overnight Rentals. Allowed only in commercial zones.See hotel/motel tax above.
Pets in Ocean Shores.  See cats and dogs licensing above.
Propane. Available from suppliers in the Aberdeen and Hoquiam area.
Real Estate Excise Tax.  A real estate excise tax of 1.53% is imposed on the selling price of real property in Ocean Shores.  Of this amount a small portion is credited to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  Further information on the real estate excise tax is available from your Realtor.
Residential Telephone.  Available through various local providers.
Sales Tax.  The sales tax rate in Ocean Shores is 8.8% (6.5% State and 2.3% City/County). The State portion of the taxes collected is paid to the Washington State Department of Revenue either monthly, quarterly or annually, depending on the type and volume of business."
Shed-type structure, boat dock, steps, detached fence, or other minor construction. listed in the City Ordinances as "Non-accessory Structures." $75.00 fee.  Includes any structure independent of the principal structure or on undeveloped real property. Some of these must go through the SEPA process.  Standards and application procedures are available at the Permit Office.
Shoreline Substantial Development. Includes any construction over a fair market value of $6,416 as defined in the Shoreline Management Act and requires a permit.  Includes, docks, bulkheads, etc.  Costs vary according to the work being proposed. See 18.06.050 Permit fees. Call the Planning Department at 360-940-7489 for further information.
Signs. Standards and application procedures are available at the Permit Office.
Special Events. No fee. Permits are required for regattas, races, marine events, tournaments and exhibitions.
Storm Drainage Rates for Residential and Vacant Lot. All Lots  .000325/sq.ft./month. The charge applies to all such lots, regardless of water usage or whether an existing water meter is turned on or off. There are no connection or installation charges for storm drainage.  This storm drainage charge helps maintain the city’s storm drainage facilities and the quality of its fresh waterways. Storm drain rates are reviewed by the City Council as part of the budget development process for adequacy and providing revenue to operate and maintain the storm drainage facilities.  Further information on storm drainage rates is available from the Utility Billing Office.
Television Services. Cable and satellite television are available from various local providers.
Wetlands.  The Ocean Shores peninsula has a high water table which may classify some areas in the City as wetlands.  Property owners should be aware that city, state and federal agencies maintain jurisdiction and require special permits prior to obtaining building permits for clearing and construction projects on or near wetlands.

Low Income Assistance

You may qualify for City of Ocean Shores low income utility program, if you are a senior citizen, disabled, or meet the income requirements. For more information download the attached document:

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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(360) 289-5679
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Operated by Volunteers

Property Information

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Public Records

To submit a public request to the City of Ocean Shores you will need to complete the Public Request Form

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Items up for bid can be found here Email for questions.

Special Event Permits

Please Contact:
Permits, Parks Reservations & Special Event Permits
801 Minard Ave NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Tel:  360-289-2754
Fax: 360-289-2022

Wastewater Collection

Yes. Notes are made following an inspection and placed in the Property File for each property that connects to the Cities Wastewater Collection System. If you modify the pipework without a permit and there is a failure as a result. The Cities insurance coverage will not pay for any losses. The permit to modify your side sewer is $10.00 and includes an inspection prior to backfill. This will extend certain loss coverage depending on the nature of the cause. If you dump non permitted materials down your drain (GREASE), and the result is a blockage, there is no extension of coverage from the City’s insurance. Your homeowners insurance may cover this type of failure and you should verify this with them.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
Note: If the side sewer is cut in any way a $10.00 permit is required and an inspection prior to backfill must be performed.
The Utility has a comprehensive preventative maintenance program that includes brushing out around the pit. This provides safe access to the pit 24 hours a day 7 days a week. In addition, the working components of the pit are inspected and tested annually. If there is a failure between the times of brush out and inspection, staff may be performing troubleshooting of the sewer system in your area. This troubleshooting may take place at any time, night or day. Maintenance of the pit serving your property ensures reliable operation of all sewer pits connected to the same station. If your pit fails open, all the other pits connected to that station are effected as a result. This infrastructure is located on City property and must be kept clear. Please do not plant trees or other vegetation near the pit where an operators may have to kneel or lay. Tree branches, Pampas grass, Yucca plants all present an eye hazard, especially at night. These will be removed during the annual maintenance brush out.
The sewer system requires that it be accessible 24/7. Do not park in such a way that staff cannot safely remove the manhole covers. Removing the cover requires tools that could damage a vehicle if bumped. The manhole covers are designed to carry the load of traffic so it is permissible to drive over the pit or manhole cover.
The City is happy to provide some guidance on side sewer installation, modification, or repairs. However it is the owner’s responsibility ultimately, for the final design or repair. The Ocean Shores Municipal Ordinances describe the requirements for proper design methods, including what types of materials and construction methods are allowed. If you do not have the skill or knowledge to perform this work, then a licensed bonded contractor should be used.
In order to safely successfully install or repair a side sewer that is down in the water table, you must first dewater the sand to a point that is below the pipe to be accessed. Ocean Shores has a fairly high groundwater table most times of the year. The groundwater is typically at its lowest point in late summer into fall prior to the first big rain event. Dewatering points must be used to pump the water out of the sand and stabilize the trench. This will protect the utility from sand and water oozing in. Information regarding this process is available at the Permit Center. Staff will be happy to provide direction on what is required, or provide the names of contractors who can successfully perform this type of work. A bucket with holes in it and a submersible pump will not provide a safe stable trench or protect the infrastructure. It has been tried and it fails. Please do not attempt this method.
Online at Title 13 and chapters 26, 28, and 30 contain the information that govern the Wastewater Utility. The Code makes reference to a living document called the "side sewer requirements" sketch. A copy of these drawings are provided by request, or with the purchase of a side sewer permit. There is no cost for the drawing and they may be obtained at the permit center during normal business hours.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Please check in at the office so staff knows you are there. On occasion staff has to leave and the gate will be locked.
  4. The only area for viewing birds inside the fence is around the 3 lagoons (which have asphalt paths around them).

No, wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove medications, residuals from the medications go directly out into the environment. The Ocean Shores Police department has recently added a drop box at the station for disposal of expired or unwanted medications.

Water Treatment & Distribution

The City water pressure typically runs between 65 to 70 psi.
A 3/4" female connection.
Flushing removes sediment buildup from the distribution system and also exercises the fire hydrants to ensure proper operation and identify any maintenance needed. Click here to view the flushing schedule and obtain further information.
Contact the Water Department office for specific constituents or you can view the most current annual water quality report at as well review previous reports here.
The main shut off valve is located in the meter box at the corner of your property, on the house side of the water meter.
It is recommended that you annually drain and flush your hot water heater to remove accumulated sediment. (See instructions for flushing your hot water here).