Updated September 18, 2023

What is a Shoreline Master Program?

The City of Long Beach Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a set of policies and regulations required by state law that has three basic principles:

  • Encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines with an emphasis on water dependent uses;
  • Protects the natural resources and character of the shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, water, and aquatic life within shoreline environment; and,
  • Promotes public access and provides opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the natural shorelines and recreational activities in shoreline areas.

Link to the City of Long Beach 2017 Shoreline Master Program

Where does the Shoreline Master Program apply?

The jurisdiction of the SMP applies to the following areas located between the northern and southern city limit boundaries:

  • The narrow band of land beach feet from the ocean’s ordinary high water mark
  • The Pacific Ocean three nautical miles west of the ordinary high water mark
  • The aquatic areas within tidally-influenced wetlands in the dunes

Link to the Shoreline Jurisdiction Map

The city will be pursuing an amendment in late 2023. The only proposed change is to allow residential use by conditional use permit within the regulated areas. 

Draft Amendments 

Public Participation 

City’s guide the public participation process. 

DNS & SEPA – Public Notice