On March 22, 2022, the County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 469  amending Title 17 of the County Code to include short term rental (STR) standards. STRs are governed by RCW 64.37 and by Grays Harbor County Code Title 17.

Where are STRs allowed?

Pursuant to a valid Short Term Rental Permit, short term rentals are a permitted use in the following Zoning Districts:

  • General Development One (G-1)
  • General Development Five (G-5)
  • General Residential (R-2)
  • Resort Residential (R-3)
  • Rural Residential (RR)
  • Lake Quinault (LQ) 
  • General Commercial (C-2)
What Zoning District Is My Property Located In? 

  1. Visit the Assessors online Mapsifter search tool.
  2. Input an address, owner name, or parcel number, then click search.
  3. From the aerial map, click on district information to find out which zoning district, or select "Legend" in the lower left hand corner to expand the menu. Select the "Zoning+" layer for a colored overlay to populate the map (this may take a few moments to display).
  4. Contact the Planning Division if you need further assistance at 360-249-4222 or by email at pbd@graysharbor.us

STR application process:

  1. Site Plan Review Application and Site Plan
    • NOTE: STR applications will not be accepted prior to completing #1 above (Site Plan Review). The applicant will receive a letter and checklist outlining the next STEPS in the process. 
  2. Short Term Rental Permit Application & Submittal Checklist  
    • Staff will review your application and submittal documents for completeness and compliance with applicable state and local health, safety and building regulations.  If the proposal is consistent with these regulations, staff will issue the STR Permit. 



Please contact a Permit Coordinator at 360-249-4222, if you have any questions.

Grays Harbor County
Planning Division