Proposal would allow electric fences in Spokane

Plan Commission to hold public hearing Feb. 10

Boris Borisov, City of Spokane Planning Department, 509.625.6156,

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10 a.m.

The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 10 to receive public testimony over a Text Amendment to the Spokane City fence code. The proposed update would allow low-voltage electric fences to be installed in commercial and industrial zones in Spokane.

The Text Amendment was proposed by Electric Guard Dog LLC to allow business owners to install electric fence security systems. The current code does not permit fences or barriers charged with electricity in residential, commercial, downtown, or industrial zones. In Residential Agricultural (RA) zones, the use is permitted for the containment of livestock only.

The amendment to the fence code would allow electric fences to be installed on any non-residential outdoor storage area located within Low Industrial (LI) and High Industrial (HI) zones, and additional requirements for fences installed within General Commercial (GC) zones. Proposed mitigation measures would include buffer requirements and not allowing electric fences within 150 feet of residential property, schools, or daycare facilities, unless the exterior perimeter fence (the non-electric fence) is covered with a solid covering (e.g. solid mesh, slats, etc.). Warning signs would also be required.

The public hearing regarding the proposal will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. Citizens can submit comments at the hearing or by emailing City of Spokane Assistant Planner Boris Borisov at

Learn more about the Electric Fence Text Amendment Update