Office of the President

Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development
Division of Community Services


The Quinault Indian Reservation
The Quinault Indian Nation is a sovereign nation with the inherent right to govern itself and deal with other nations and tribes on a government to government basis. Bylaws established in 1922 and a constitution approved in 1975 form the foundations of the modern day Quinault government. Our General Council meets annually the last Saturday in March to hold elections and discuss issues relevant to tribal operations. The Quinault Business Committee consists of four Executive Officers and seven Councilmen is entrusted with the business and legislative affairs of the Quinault Indian Nation throughout the year.

The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 encouraged tribes to take over program administration on their reservations. The Self-Governance Act of 1988 implemented self-rule in Indian Affairs. The law was amended in 1991 and authorized planning activities in the Indian Health Service. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 promoted tribal economic development and self-governance via gaming; created tribal-state compacts. The Centennial Accord of 1989 committed Washington State and the Tribes to government to government collaboration. The Millennial Agreement of 1999 reaffirmed the Centennial Accord.

Regulatory Authority
The Quinault Indian Nation is the federally recognized government of the Quinault Indian Reservation. The Quinault Indian Nation has civil regulatory authority over the lands within the boundaries of the Quinault Reservation. The Quinault Nation's land use, zoning, sanitation and building regulations apply to all Reservation landowners and are based on federal law and the International Building Codes. Although there are some differences between the Quinault Indian Nation's regulations and the Counties' regulations, those differences relate to the unique character of the Quinault Indian Reservation.
The Quinault Indian Nation and its staff are committed to assisting all Reservation landowners in a prompt and courteous manner. All Reservation landowners are encouraged to contact the Quinault Indian Nation's Department of Community Development and Planning with any questions or concerns they may have.

Reservation Beach Lands
The Quinault Indian Nation owns all beach lands on the Quinault Indian Reservation. The beach lands extend up to the ordinary high water mark of the Pacific Ocean. The Reservation beach lands have been closed to the general public since 1969, meaning that any person that is not enrolled in the Quinault Nation, is not allowed on the beach, without explicit permission from the Quinault Nation or being accompanied by an enrolled Quinault Nation member

All lands on the Quinault Indian Reservation are zoned by the Quinault Nation in one of the following zones: residential, commercial, industrial, industrial buffer, forestry, forestry buffer, and wilderness. Within each zone, separate standards and regulations apply. Title 48 is the Quinault Indian Nation Title governing zoning and its administration/enforcement. Please contact the department regarding specific questions about each zone.

Building Permit Information
Why building permits are important
When are building permits required

Contact our department:

807 5th Avenue, Suite 3
PO Box 189
Taholah, WA 98587
Telephone: (360) 276-8211 / Fax: (360) 276-0076

Department Manager: Dr. Kelvin Frank ext. 6821
Senior Planner: Kelsey Moldenke, AICP ext. 6821
Land Use Planner: Michael Cardwell, AICP ext. 6824
Administrative Assistant: Aubry Della 6825
Building Inspector: Aubrey Della, ext 6825

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P.O. Box 189
Taholah, Wa. 98587
Phone: 360-276-8211
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Fax: 360-276-4191
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