Seattle's shoreline regulations limit residential uses on the water. As part of the updated Shoreline Master Program, each owner must complete a one-time process to document a Floating Home, House Barge, Floating On-Water Residence, or Vessel Containing a Dwelling Unit. With few exceptions, we only allow those floating residences that were moored in the City of Seattle on or before July 1, 2014.
Many of Seattle’s floating residences are uniquely constructed, and it may not be clear which of the above categories applies in all cases. For questions regarding a specific floating residence or liveaboard craft please contact Seattle DCI.
Liveaboards on Conventional Recreational Vessels (CRVs) as defined in the Shoreline Master Program are exempt from these requirements.
In order to comply with the code, owners of Floating Homes, House Barges, Floating On-Water Residences, and Vessels Containing a Dwelling Unit must: