The use of IP filtering to improve system security is well established, and although limited in what it can achieve has proved to be efficient and effective. In the design of a security policy there is always a trade-off between usability and security. Restricting access means that legitimate use of the network is prevented; allowing access means illegitimate use may be allowed. Static access list make finding a balance particularly stark -- we pay the price of decreased security 100% of the time even if the benefit of increased usability is only gained 1% of the time. Dynamic access lists would allow the rules to change for short periods of time, and to allow local changes by non-experts. The network administrator can set basic security guide-lines which allow certain basic services only. All other services are restricted, but users are able to request temporary exceptions in order to allow additional access to the network. These exceptions are granted depending on the privileges of the user. This paper covers the following topics: (1) basic introduction to TCP/IP filtering; (2) semantics for dynamic access lists and; (3) a proposed protocol for allowing dynamic access; and (4) a method for representing access lists so that dynamic update and look-up can be done efficiently performed.