Jessica Fisher

Are Electric Fences Allowed in Spokane?

Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:27 p.m.

Are Electric Fences Allowed in Spokane?

In 2015, Electric Guard Dog LLC proposed a text amendment to the Spokane City fence code that would allow businesses to install low-voltage electric fences. Following lengthy discussions, in May 2016 the City Council amended the industrial fence code to allow electric fence installations in Heavy Industrial (HI) zones.

Fast forward to 2017, a new request for an electric fence was received in a Light Industrial (LI) zone. Following the request, City Council President Ben Stuckart has sponsored the draft code amendments. Draft amendments under consideration include revised landscape and screening requirements to reduce conflicts with adjacent, non-industrial property and uses such as residences, schools, daycare facilities, trails and other pedestrian connections. Additionally amendments would allow for more flexibility regarding the hours of operation of electric fence security systems.

If you are interested in learning more about this project visit our project page. You can receive email updates about this project by sending an email to the planner Melissa Owen, If you have any questions you can reach her at 509.625.6063.

A Plan Commission Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, 4 p.m. at City Hall and you are invited to come give public testimony. If you are unable to attend you can email your public testimony to Melissa Owen.

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