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In the Shoreland Zone permits are required for cutting and clearing vegetation, timber harvesting, filling, earth moving, and for any change to a building.
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Yes, any earth-moving including filling, requires a permit in the Shoreland Zone, no matter how small.
The setbacks vary by Shoreland sub-district and for wetlands in the Shoreland Zone by size. Generally the setback for the ocean, rivers and large wetlands (over ten acres) is 100 feet. The setback for protected streams and medium wetlands (4-10 acres) is 75 feet. There are no setback requirements for wetlands with less than 4 acres but there is no wetland disturbance or fill allowed without a permit.
The Shoreland zone is a 250 foot area surrounding water bodies, wetlands, and 75 feet from protected streams. If you are within these areas you will be considered in the Shoreland Zone.