updated 11/10/22

Forest Practice Permits (FPA) are administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for logging and other activities in forested areas.  They are generally applicable to forest lands intended to remain as forest lands.  A Forest Practice Permit can be classified as Class I, II, III, or IV.

Property harvested under a Class II or III Forest Practices Permit is subject to a six-year development moratorium. Development includes proposals such as subdivisions, building permits and other land use activities. Please note that the six-year development moratorium does not apply to development activities conducted in compliance with an approved and properly executed conversion option harvest plan (COHP).

To enquire further about DNR requirements for a COHP, please contact the Olympic Regional Office at (360) 374-2800, or by email at  Olympic.region@dnr.wa.gov.


To request a release from a development moratorium, the land owner must submit application to the Grays Harbor County Planning and Building Division through the Online Permitting Portal.  A complete application includes the following:

  1. A copy of the DNR Forest Practices Permit associated with the development moratorium. It is important to indicate, in detail, the land use activity for which the development moratorium release is being requested. If the development activity is the construction of a single-family home, include a site plan indicating the location of the home with respect to the harvest unit; along with,
  2. The permit processing fee indicated in the Portal related to the Forest Practices Permit application.

The release of development moratorium process takes approximately 2-months to complete.  At the conclusion of the process, the County Forest Practices Administrator will record the release of development moratorium in the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office.

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For more information regarding the Release of Development Moratorium process, please contact the Grays Harbor County Planning and Building Division at (360) 249-4222 or by email at pbd@graysharbor.us

Grays Harbor County
Planning Division